“Without research findings of statistical significance, no causal attribution can be stated. However, it is clear that a confluence of kindness, positive attention, and strategic efforts delivered these results,” said Courtney Thraen, Executive Director of Downtown Framingham, Inc.
This year, residents of the Waushakum neighborhood participated in our Welcomers’ survey to help bridge trust and familiarity between residents while encouraging greater affinity for nearby businesses. The survey results and accompanying “social share cards” are precursor efforts toward the Waushakum Welcomers Block Party on September 7 at Anna Murphy Playground (60 Cove Avenue) from 3 pm to 7 pm.
The first two weeks of the Burkis Square Betterment Project have concluded, drawing appreciation from businesses, community members, and local stakeholders. During the Project, the Downtown Engagement Team, comprised of Adam Fini and Gabriel Araujo, helped showcase a pleasant shopping area by fostering authentic relationships through only positive, meaningful conversations with 40 businesses along with at least 25 individuals who spent considerable time outside.
In partnership with Sudbury Valley Trustees, DFI hosted recently-graduated Clark University Intern Gabe Trevor during Spring Semester 2019. He prepared and fully executed the following report on downtown’s open spaces.
On June 27, DFI provided the following report to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, describing projects, programs, and policies effected over the past 9 months. DFI’s mission follows the Main Street America Model, supporting tenets of area promotion, urban design, economic vitality, and organizational partnerships.
During six rounds of hourly observations, DFI assessed the effectiveness of the two-hour parking limit signs. Turns out, most downtown patrons are fairly respectful!
Two hours of observing cyclists along Route 135 revealed one important lesson. #brewcycle
Through MutualOne’s Checking for Charity Program, Robert Mitchell can make an even bigger difference for downtown.
A random sample of 40 businesses in the Central Business District were surveyed in January 2019 to gauge how the shifting City Hall hours affected downtown business patronage by City workers.
Five downtown businesses were honored in January by a celebrity judging panel for designing exciting holiday storefronts!
DFI was awarded a major capacity building grant in December 2018 from the Foundation for MetroWest to support hiring a Cultural Projects Manager. Meet the ambitious Kelsi Gunarathne,who has made a huge community impact in a short amount of time!
In a room of 100 cheerleaders, the 2018 Downtown Celebration highlighted an array of meaningful outcomes that markedly reflect the area’s heightened vitality.
Downtown Framingham, Inc. conducted its Second Annual Business Climate Survey to determine opportunities for new support mechanisms while assessing effectiveness of current assistance practices.
Downtown Framingham, Inc.’s Small Business November #shopdowntown social media campaign encouraged citizens everywhere to take photos in local downtown businesses and post them on social media platforms from November 1 through December 14, 2018.
From September 17 – 28, Downtown Framingham, Inc.’s Business Development Manager, Robert Mitchell, surveyed a sample of 40 businesses in Framingham’s Central Business District (CBD) to gauge their favorability toward banning nips.
A sample of 40 downtown businesses representing six business verticals share why they favor or oppose parking meters in the Central Business District.
Downtown Framingham, Inc. highlights a sample of businesses reaping success in our urban core. Learn more about these game-changers!
A young woman ignites her passion for community building and city development
DFI Policy Intern Richard Sanger tests the walkability of Downtown Framingham
Lokerville Lookouts share insight on life in Lokerville, neighborhood aspirations, and favorite downtown businesses
DFI hosted five concerts in Framingham’s urban core to reward venues that participated in the recent Taste of Downtown Framingham. Learn more about the impact of these concerts.
Robert Mitchell, Downtown Framingham, Inc.'s technical assistance intern, shared feedback he's received about Framingham's sign bylaw.
Learn about the upcoming adventures at Farm Pond, Howard Street Studios, and Braza Grill