Downtown Natchez Master Plan
Natchez, Mississippi (2018)

Established in 1716, Natchez has an international reputation for its antebellum architecture, but the downtown has floundered. As a result, The Walker Collaborative (TWC) was hired to lead a consultant team to craft a master plan. The client was the non-profit Friends of the Riverfront (FOR) Natchez, which raised over $100,000 in private funding to pay for the plan. While the plan addressed the entire downtown, a focus was paid to the river bluff area on the west end and the MLK Triangle (hub of African American history) on the east end. Among the plan’s ideas were: a stage pavilion on the bluff, infill development along Broadway, a new green space flanked by a farmers market pavilion, conversion of one-way streets to two-way, a parking structure, convention center expansion, enhancement of the MLK Triangle area, an optimal tenant mix, and establishment of a Main Street organization.