Breathing New Life into Downtown Spindale
A multi-pronged project to increase pedestrian mobility, develop a branding strategy, and connect downtown Spindale to the Thermal Belt Trail and other multi-use pathways.
Working with the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority and the Town of Spindale, DbD led an effort to improve pedestrian connectivity and establish a place-brand that encapsulates what makes Spindale unique.
West Spindale Site Plan
A Revived Heartbeat
It is often said that downtown represents the heart of the community, and just like with the human body, a town is only as healthy as its “heart” allows it to be. This is especially true with small towns like Spindale.
DbD worked with a range of community members to develop a plan designed to pump life back into downtown Spindale. The project included a streetscape improvement component complemented by a community branding process. Together, downtown improvements and the development of a new brand will redefine Spindale and tell a more compelling story to visitors.
If downtown is the heart of Spindale, then the Thermal Belt Rail Trail is its vital artery. This unique asset flows right through downtown, offering a tremendous opportunity to connect more people with the downtown area.
East Spindale Site Plan
The streetscape master plan leverages The Thermal Belt Trail in a way that enhances the culture, connectivity, and commerce opportunities in downtown Spindale.
A Funky Trail-Town Brand
Like many of its small-town peers, Spindale offers a tourism portfolio that centers around outdoor amenities and recreational trails. In an effort to standout from the crowd, DbD developed a strategic brand platform that clearly defines Spindale’s unique assets. The new brand strategy provides a roadmap for how the community can support tourism development and more effectively tell its story.
DbD’s involvement in Spindale is ultimately about synergizing improvements to the built environment with a renewed community brand. Downtown revitalization efforts don’t just change how a community looks, they also change its culture.
This project acknowledges Spindale’s history as a music-loving trail town and weaves that history into a renewed sense of community pride being born out of a modernizing downtown streetscape.
The town’s new brand strategy celebrates its eclectic, musical roots in a way that also complements the downtown streetscape improvement plan.