February 19, 2016

Giving an old town new life

Colin Woodard, Politico - Manchester owes its transformation to a fortuitous and somewhat unlikely marriage of preservation and innovation. During a decades-long dormant period city officials pined for an industrial heyday that would never return, but they awoke from a nearly fatal slumber to discover that with a few smart changes to their dating profile they might better attract a class of forward-looking suitors who admired the city’s signature buildings for what they could be rather than for what they once were. The Queen City’s 21st-century vitality has become a model for dozens of “first wave” industrial towns and cities spread across the Northeast and the Southern foothills

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