Young Professionals Drawn in by Yonkers Waterfront Redevelopment

<p>Downtown waterfront redevelopment is attracting a new kind of resident to Yonkers, New York.</p>
March 12, 2008, 12pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"There is more on the drawing board for this area, which encompasses the waterfront radiating northward from Getty Square, the core of this 18-square-mile city. But already it is attracting new kinds of residents, some of them young professionals whom the area's investors call 'urban pioneers.' As a catalyst for change in this city of nearly 200,000 (the fourth-largest in the state), the neighborhood has fed expectations among officials like Mayor Philip A. Amicone, who knows all too well its history of repeated revitalization attempts."

"'I've lived in this city since I was 2 years old,' said the mayor, 59, 'and they've been talking about redeveloping the downtown for as long as I can remember. Now, for the first time, that possibility seems real, especially since more than $1 billion has been invested in recent years along the waterfront.'"

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Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 in The New York Times
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