Kennedy Smith is considered one of the nation's leading experts on downtowns, downtown economics, independent business development and the economic impact of urban sprawl, with a long career in downtown revitalization. She created the market analysis methodology now used by most historic downtowns in the U.S.
In part one of her talk to the CityWorks X(po) conference, Kennedy provides an overview of the decline of central business districts in the downtowns of America. In parts 2 and 3 she describes how cities can take advantage of innovations to revitalize and preserve their urban cores.

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