Downtown Decline and Revitalisation: National Trends and Clarksdale’s Experience

  • John C. Henshall


A decline in the economic base of long-established downtowns has been in evidence for decades and with a multitude of contributory factors, ranging from suburbanisation and universal car ownership, to out-of-centre development and strong competition from larger centres. For Clarksdale, outward population movements and the incidence of family poverty have also been significant factors contributing to downtown decline.

Two dominant factors help to explain the success of downtown Clarksdale’s economic revitalisation since around 2000: the town’s intimate association with Blues music and Delta culture, and downtown development initiatives pursued by individuals and encouraged by local authorities. New roles have emerged, combined with streetscape improvements, heritage conservation and refurbishment, and the introduction of new uses in old buildings.


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  • John C. Henshall
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  1. 1.Essential Economics Pty LtdCarltonAustralia

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