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Duluth's East Downtown, Hillside and Waterfront Charrette Report and Plan: 

In 2005, in a highly competitive process, Duluth was selected by the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami,  Florida School of Architecture to be the site for its annual Charrette, an intensive week-long public design workshop.  Co-sponsored by the City and Duluth LISC, the purpose of the Charrette was to develop a vision and plan to help facilitate the revitalization of the East Downtown and adjacent Hillside and Waterfront areas of Duluth. Three hundred people participated in the visioning session that kicked off the Charrette, followed by meetings with hundreds of residents, officials and other stakeholders to assess urban form, transportation systems, housing types, and environmental features, as well as social, cultural,  economic, cultural, historical and policy matters. The Charrette team developed preliminary ideas and held community meetings for feedback and revision, and a wrap-up presentation attended by nearly 400. The final report (links below) included overarching principles to guide development, as well as specific design, policy and management recommendations. 

An Advisory Committee was created to guide implementation, and significant progress was made. In October 2011, a team from the University of Miami, some of whom had been part of the 2006 study, returned to Duluth to evaluate that progress and make recommendations for the future. They published their findings in the Duluth Creative Corridor Report.