Montgomery Alabama downtown loft tour
It's hard to believe these days, but 12 years ago it was a struggle to get certain segments of the housing market to consider living in Downtown and other neighborhoods in DC's core. That's why in 2003, the city held the first and only "City Living Expo" to promote living in the city.
And I suggested to the city's "Long term revitalization coordinator" a "Downtown house tour" be created to highlight in-city living. They never did it, and soon enough, trends and attitudes favoring urban living hit critical mass so that living in the city is no longer considered "outlier" behavior.
In my opinion, most other communities need to continue to promote urban living options in a concerted way, and house tours are a good way to do that. However, most house tours are in more traditional neighborhoods comprised of single family households.
Downtowns and similar districts are more typically comprised of multiunit housing, and not to many communities figure out that these districts can be promoted with house tours too.
Montgomery Alabama held such an event last Sunday, Loft Living Tour 2014. See "Loft tour promotes downtown Montgomery living" from the Montgomery Advertiser.
-- Market District, Montgomery, Alabama
-- "Take a look inside The Printing Press Lofts," Huntsville Times
-- "Downtown's Printing Press Lofts have a storied past," Montgomery Advertiser
-- "City House: This loft has all the perks of suburban living and more right in the center of the city," Huntsville Times
From the first article:
The tour was a partnership between Foshee Management Co., which manages about 130 apartments downtown as well as other properties in east Montgomery and Prattville, and the nonprofit Landmarks Foundation, which promotes historic preservation.
Some of the featured residences were more like traditional apartments than true lofts, but each building offered a variety of repurposed urban living spaces that have no yard work involved. The demand for such downtown living has come about in just the last 10 years.
"Thirty or 40 years ago, apartments were by necessity," said Beau Daniel, regional property manager for Foshee. "Now, apartments are by choice."