Downtowns & Commercial Districts

Downtown & Waterfront Planning The Walker Collaborative's Phil Walker has over 30 years of experience preparing and implementing planning strategies for downtowns across the country. In addition to creating numerous master plans as a consultant, he has spearheaded revitalization efforts as the downtown organization director in Pensacola, Florida, as the City Planning Director in fayetteville, Mississippi, and as a Board of Directors member of a local Main Street program. He served from 2011-2013 as the part-time Interim Director of the Two Rivers Company - the downtown and riverfront revitalization agency for Clarksville, Tennessee. Similarly, he served as the part-time Interim Director of the newly-established Downtown Natchez Alliance (2019-2020) after leading the preparation of their downtown master plan a year earlier. Phil Walker has also consulted to the National Main Street Center and has been a speaker on the subject at several universities and downtown revitalization conferences. His book entitled Downtown Planning for Smaller and Mid-sized Communities was published in 2009 by the American Planning Association's Planners Press.