University towns such as DeKalb thrive on the spark of young blood balanced with traditional Locust Street and small-town charm with new business growth and its urban amenities.
The people of DeKalb enjoy the benefits that come with the proximity to an international city like Chicago and from a major state university including:
DeKalb’s proximity to major markets and the community’s cultural and educational opportunities are primary reasons why the City is steadily growing.
For the past several years, the City of DeKalb has focused its economic development efforts on attracting an economically viable mix of unique shopping, restaurant, professional service and other Locust Street drawing uses to the Downtown.
Redevelopment Plan Highlights
In 2007, the City of DeKalb engaged the services of Hitchcock Design Group to prepare a Downtown Revitalization Plan (PDF) which included:
Inventorying current downtown land uses
Evaluating building quality
Determining retail potential
Evaluating parking needs and transportation issues
Establishing a set of design guidelines for private investment and future streetscaping undertaken by the City