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Charlie Deans

Charlie Deans

Urban Design & Planning PA

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Charlie is the NM MainStreet Program Associate in Urban Design and has over 30 years of urban design and redevelopment experience. As principal of CommunityByDesign, he has extensive experience with neighborhood and downtown revitalization plans and has been at the forefront of implementing sustainable development practices. He incorporates an approach that regenerates the social, cultural, environmental and economic factors to create a unique place-based sense of community. Charlie has received several planning awards and professional recognition for his work on sustainable community practices and community-based outreach processes. He also serves as a member of the New Mexico Arts and Cultural State Council.

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Recent Articles

Great Streets or Great Highways?


October 21st, 2014 | Category: Design

The EDD/NMMS program and the NM Department of Transportation (NMDOT) have recently been engaged in strengthening our collaboration on the state highways that serve approximately 28 of the 36 communities associated with the NMMS programs, whether they’re MainStreets, ACDs, or Frontier Communities. There’s agreement that NMDOT builds great highways: they are safe, reliable and efficient… READ MORE


Successes: NMMS 2013-2014 Reinvestment Statistics


June 26th, 2014 | Category: General

New Mexico’s 27 MainStreet districts build strong local economies brick by brick and job by job. During fiscal year 2013-2014, MainStreet’s owners invested almost $10 million in 162 private building rehabilitation projects and $71.8 million in 10 new buildings. Entrepreneurs on MainStreet launched 101 net new businesses and created 456 net new jobs. Local executive… READ MORE


Sustainable Funding Sources for NM MainStreet and Arts & Cultural Districts


June 24th, 2014 | Category: Economic Restructuring, Organization

By Charlie Deans, NMMS Program Associate This is an overview of funding sources that can finance projects, programming, and specifically administrative operations, of MainStreet/Arts and Cultural Districts. There are only a few funding sources that can be used to fund the administration and operations of MainStreet and A&C Districts and include: Quality of Life Tax… READ MORE


Signage in Our Downtowns


June 3rd, 2014 | Category: Design

Most NM MainStreet communities have installed various signs in their downtowns, either related to way finding within the district, or arrival into the MainStreet district with the “NMMS Community” road sign. While most of these sign applications are vehicle-oriented, in other words, intended to be seen from persons driving in their cars, there are some… READ MORE


DRIFT or Drifting?


January 28th, 2014 | Category: Design, Economic Restructuring

From the NMMS eNewsletter October 2011 When a program isn’t taken seriously unless it has its own acronym, we are adding to the alphabet soup and creating a new one for our NMMS communities: DRIFT.  The three DRIFTs that are the subject of this article include: • BIDs (Business Improvement District) • TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) District… READ MORE




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