Greensboro's East Market Street --10 Years Later

Schlosser, Jim
January 2006
Planning;Jan2006, Vol. 72 Issue 1, p43
Trade Publication
The article presents information on the Community Planning Team program to redevelop the East Market in Greensboro, North Carolina, which is the main street of the city's historically African American east side. The program started in 1994, when the American Planning Association (APA) sent three of its planners, who spent $11.7 million to revitalize the East Market Street corridor, which has produced more than $150 million in private investment since 1998. In October 2005, when they revisited the city, it had changed itself into a true piece of architectural genius. During the era of racial segregation, stores, a theater, restaurants, and offices lined East Market Street. But now, a blighted shopping center with empty storefronts and a weedy parking lot had been replaced with an architecturally pleasant new office and shopping complex. Their second goal was to develop the East Market Street, which now features new sidewalks and brick crosswalks. To create the East Market Street Development Corporation was another recommendation by the APA.


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