HUD USER publishes a series of case studies based on federal, state and local strategies that increase affordable housing opportunities, apply sustainable features and practices, and increase access to public transportation. The projects featured in these reports have demonstrated innovation through a multitude of partnerships and initiatives. Each report outlines a project’s objectives and the development strategies used to achieve them.
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Over the past several decades, Sault Ste. Marie, a city of 13,500 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, has been encouraging new development in its downtown. A primary goal of this effort has been to improve the connection between the commercial district near Soo Locks, a popular tourist attraction, and the locally owned businesses in the city’s older commercial corridor.