The buildings of and around downtown Las Cruces reflect the unique blend of cultures and activities found within the city. Or at least it did. Today, many of the Art-Deco theaters, the historic brick structures and pueblo-style buildings sit vacant. Drab facades and limited businesses fronting the Main Street Mall now characterize the landscape, creating a challenge for Las Cruces city officials and downtown property owners. To rejuvenate the current lackluster and uninviting state of Main Street in Las Cruces, the New Mexico Main Street Program contracted with the Design, Planning and Assistance Center (DPAC), based at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, to assist in the development of design principles for the Las Cruces Main Street program. The scope of DPAC's work included devising design principles specifically for building facades of current commercial spaces and potential residential developments on Main Street.
City of Las Cruces, New Mexico
planning, architecture, MainStreet, Las Cruces, NM, facade development, revitalization
Design Planning Assistance Center, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico
Design Planning Assistance Center. "Design Principles for Downtown Revitalization: Las Cruces, New Mexico." (2007). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/dpac_projects/4
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