Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities for all New Yorkers. Recognizing that companies are increasingly seeking to relocate and invest in vibrant, walkable downtowns in an effort to attract and retain a talented workforce, DRI is an investment to improve the vitality of urban centers across New York State.
View highlights from a selection of successful DRI communities and projects below.
New York's historic preservation tax credit has helped save and rehab so many historic buildings in the State. And several DRI communities have embraced and funded these historic buildings—in conjunction with the tax credit—so they can once again become anchors of downtown revitalization.
The overarching strategy in the Oswego DRI is to connect the more vibrant South side of downtown to the struggling North side, and in turn connect all of downtown to the spectacular waterfront. All 12 of the City’s DRI projects feed into that grand strategy, creating an interlocking necklace of projects that is allowing its downtown to reach its full potential as a waterfront community.
The Role of Public Art and Artist Housing in Downtown Revitalization
Public art and artist housing have emerged as integral components of downtown revitalization, particularly in the Rome, Albany, Oneonta and Peekskill DRI communities.