Getting people to move downtown also requires making downtown more livable. Thus, the plan calls for making the streets more accommodating to cyclists and pedestrians.
The plan calls for increasing the number of people who are downtown after 5 p.m. and by providing a neighborhood where residents can walk to a wide variety of businesses.
"How does downtown truly start to become a neighborhood?" Gossman asked rhetorically.
Other cities have achieved this. In 1970, Charleston, S.C., was the smaller Charleston, with 60,288 residents to Charleston, W.Va.'s 85,796.
Now what aviators call "Charlie South" has doubled its population to 125,583 people, while "Charlie West" has 51,018 residents.
Redeveloping will take time, effort and leadership. This plan shows the leadership is there with a vision of a 21st century big city with a small town heart.
The Imagine Charleston group is seeking public comment on the plan. People can view it online at imaginecharleston.com/exhibits/downtown.