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Reuse / Rebuild

Just because a space has been abandoned does not mean it is no longer useful. Entrepreneurs, artists, city officials, activists and neighbors, with the right amount of ambition and innovation, can take vacant spaces and turn them into opportunities. By transforming what we already have into sustainable properties, we revitalize neighborhoods and stimulate local economies.
Jeremiah Smith

An entrepreneur with more than a good idea

From a blighted property at the center of Hartford, Jeremiah Smith is building businesses based on others' need to clean.

Unseen Kalamazoo Tour

Finding what usually goes unseen in Hidden Kalamazoo

The number of people interested in a tour of "Hidden Kalamazoo" may have caught its organizers by surprise, but the rewards outweighed the minor inconveniences.

Mavcon’s Metropolitan Center

Changing the face of downtown with historic redevelopment

Second Wave photographer Erik Holladay captured some of the details inside and outside at the Metropolitan Center that make the historic renovation of the downtown buildings a place that young professionals and empty nesters alike want to live and one where retailers want to locate. See the slide show here.

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Neighborhood revitalization team gets projects rolling

Connecting the people who need to be working together to revitalize neighborhoods is part of what Local Initiatives Support Corporation does. Some of the people working to take comprehensive action in situations that don't have simple solutions talk to Kathy Jennings about changes that are coming about.
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