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Allen Downtown Steering Committee

Updates and meeting highlights from the Allen Downtown Steering Committee and subcommittees appointed by Mayor Ken Fulk and Allen City Council to develop a vision and plan to revitalize the heart of Allen.

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Jul 26

Research underway: Learning from our neighbors

Posted on July 26, 2021 at 2:08 PM by Tralana Pollard

The Steering Committee hit the ground running this month assigning various subcommittees to tasks related to information gathering and research about all things Downtown Allen.

This week the 'Learning From Other Communities' subcommittee met to share their findings from field trips to other metroplex cities with thriving downtowns. The team created a long list of elements to explore that may be of interest as our community begins the visioning and plan development process later this year. Twelve cities were on the initial research list. Following the data and image analysis from each field trip, the subcommittee identified six communities with a variety of elements viewed as desirable and important in successful downtowns: Grapevine, Lewisville, McKinney, Rockwall, Addison and Denton.

The subcommittee will present its research and recommendations to the full Downtown Steering Committee at the next meeting July 28. Take a look at these cities online and let us know what you like about their downtown areas. Share your ideas and comments at