Follow this link to the New Downtown Master Plan Website
The City of Carbondale is embarking on a project to develop a Downtown Master Plan. The principal roles of the Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee (DAC) are to give overall guidance to the process and to assure ample public participation in the development of the Downtown Master Plan (the Downtown Plan). The majority of the work to prepare the Downtown Plan will be done by a consulting firm and its subcontractors hired by the City. City staff will provide two different kinds of support. The first is gathering technical information to help the consultant. The second is to provide technical information, advice and staff assistance to the Advisory Committee. read more.....
The committee is up and running and we will soon begin a series of public meetings that will include an opportunity for everyone to provide good ideas for consideration. The downtown is currently not inviting, lacks a cohesive character, and needs direction. That's where you come in. This is your opportunity to give us your input and we are waiting to hear from you! Send your ideas to email@example.com
In the future, you will find notices of upcoming meetings, minutes and related announcements. Check in with the site to get current with our progress.
Jack Langowski, Chair, DAC
Look at detailed development of Downtown Carbondale with the use of Aerial Photos and Sanborn Maps. the Tax Increment Financing Districts 1 & 2 are shown.
Recollections from former City Manager, Jeff Doherty, commentary from Mary Rae McPherson along with photos of the Railway development in Carbondale. Photo Courtesy of SIU Morris Library.
Many of the photos evoke the glamorous postcards of the 1930s and 1940s when travelers wrote home about their exciting trips. Of course, the photos were highly selective, emphasizing the beauty and robust enterprises of the towns while leaving aside the problems faced by the residents.
However, idealized images give us a lens to view the downtown and imagine what it can be.
It was the hard work and imagination of the business owners, governmental bodies and citizen’s groups who made these individual buildings and streetscapes as handsome – or as eccentric - as they appear. And they will be the leaders in the effort to enhance and revitalize our Downtown.