[Editor's Note: This editorial is a follow-up discussion to a story published on March 2, 2014, about the National Comedy Center.]
Cities frequently fall prey to the seduction of the “magic bullet,” the project that promises to solve a slew of civic ailments in one fell swoop.
From sports stadiums, to convention centers, to flashy new museums, such projects are notorious for failing to live up to their supersized expectations. And more and more evidence suggests that public investments in such projects have a track record of disappointing returns.
There’s something quite different, though, about the National Comedy Center, the big new project now underway in Jamestown spearheaded by the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy. Continue reading
In 2012, a group of citizens in Oswego, NY, decided to do something about the disinvestment that was steadily eroding stable neighborhoods in that city of 18,000 on Lake Ontario. As they explored their options, they came across some information about Jamestown. They learned about efforts here to stimulate reinvestment on targeted blocks, to empower neighborhood leaders, and to find productive new uses for vacant lots.
Inspired, these Oswegans commissioned a neighborhood plan similar to the one Jamestown adopted in 2010. They formed the Oswego Renaissance Association to steer the plan’s implementation. And today, several projects are underway with support from a local foundation and the energy of excited residents, whose efforts were recently highlighted on a public radio documentary (wrvo.org/neighborhoods). Continue reading
How can downtowns compete with suburban shopping centers and their acres of free parking? Provide the same. Just remove parking meters and make way for an influx of retailers and customers.
At least that was the conventional wisdom for many years. But it hasn’t worked. Continue reading
Next month, almost 91 years to the day after opening as Jamestown’s grandest movie house, the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will be showing its last film. Not its last movie, but its last movie on actual film, as it makes the conversion to the Digital Age.
Over the next few weeks, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is proud to support the “last films on film” at the Reg, every Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m., ending with “About Time” on Feb. 8. Admission is $5. Continue reading
The Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market represents a type of “flexible” retail space that JRC and others are trying to cultivate in Jamestown—spaces where entrepreneurs can test new products and services in a low-risk, low-overhead environment.
You can read more about flexible retail space and “pop-up” retail in our latest Renaissance Reflections column in The Post-Journal.
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) is proud to announce the winners from Jamestown’s Snowball Express Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration that was held on Friday, December 6 in downtown Jamestown. There were approximately 120 groups who participated, with over 200 units in the parade.
Jamestown’s Riverwalk has been expanding over the past few years, and plans are in the works to add new paths and amenities to make the city’s Chadakoin riverfront a recreational destination for area residents and visitors.
Click here to take a brief survey about how you currently use the Riverwalk and the types of improvements or additions that would compel you to use it more often.
Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) will present “Jamestown’s Snowball Express” Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, sponsored by The Resource Center and Lutheran Jamestown this Friday at 6:30pm. The parade will travel from Monroe Street east on Third Street to Tracy Plaza. Jamestown Harmony Express will be providing a free, live pre-parade concert for parade-goers on Tracy Plaza at 6:00pm. The Traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the beginning of the parade prior to the singing of our National Anthem by Sergeant First Class Keith Stam. The Jamestown Cycle Shop Snowball Drop and fireworks show will be held following Santa’s arrival at the intersection of East Third Street and Spring Street.
Downtown restaurants will be open prior to the parade for dinner. Lisciandro’s Restaurant located on North Main Street will be open extended hours along with Forte serving their special blend of popcorn on East Third Street.
Greg Lindquist, JRC Executive Director; Denise Jones, TRC Chief Financial Officer and Associate Executive Director; Matt Hanley, City of Jamestown; Tiffani Conti, JRC Event and Programming Associate; Patricia Eckwahl, Lutheran Director of Marketing and Tom Holt, Lutheran President and CEO.
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) has announced that The Resource Center and Lutheran Jamestown will come together as co-sponsors of “Jamestown’s Snowball Express” Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration on December 6.
“The Resource Center has been an exceptional partner for downtown events over the past nine years, including the annual Christmas Parade,” said Tiffani Conti, the JRC’s Event and Programming Associate. “We are honored to have Lutheran Jamestown join this team effort in providing a signature event for Jamestown and surrounding communities.”
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is proud to announce the 2013 Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration theme: “Jamestown’s Snowball Express.”
“The event’s planning committee has decided on this universal theme to connect the story of The Polar Express with Jamestown’s refurbished Gateway Train Station and traditional downtown holiday imagery,” said Tiffani Conti, the JRC’s Event and Programming Associate. “We are very excited to see how parade entrants and downtown businesses incorporate this theme into their decorations.”
The 2013 parade will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013, in downtown Jamestown. Parade line-up will begin promptly at 5:00pm on Third Street between Monroe Avenue and Hallock Street, with the parade stepping off at 6:30pm and traveling east on Third Street to Tracy Plaza. The parade will conclude by 8:00pm.