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A Model of Main St. Revitalization

Roberta Brandes Gratz pays a visit to Mt. Morris, New York, a town that many are looking at as a prime example of economic revitalization.

Only a few years ago, Main Street Mount Morris was lacking street life and was dotted with empty storefronts. Gratz talks with Greg O'Connell who had a vision to mend the town of 3,000.

O'Connell saw "the opportunity to revive a Main Street for small businesses in a parallel way to the waterfront in Brooklyn where he restored Civil War warehouses for small manufacturers. Now observers come from near and far to see this model of Main Street revitalization."

"O'Connell bought and restored 19 buildings, lured new businesses, created 28 second-floor apartments, involved both the local high school and college and the larger community."

Full Story: Upstate New York Revival: Genius – or Common Sense?

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