Naturalizing the stretch of river that snakes through downtown Flint will transform a concrete wasteland into a usable public space that is aesthetically pleasing. It also will complement the rest of the 142-mile long Flint River, parts of which are as remote and scenic as rivers in northern Michigan.
Source: Global Trend: Flint uses dam removal & river restoration to spur urban revitalization
Greenville, South Carolina, one of the roughly two dozen communities highlighted in Our Towns. Shutterstock
Many cities are taking advantage of their 19th-century building stock, investing in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. They’re also adding art and music spaces, showcasing how small-town urbanism is alive and well.
Source: ‘Our Towns’: James and Deborah Fallows on how small cities aren’t just surviving, but thriving – Curbed
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