Rockford's Road to Redemption – Part 1In 1999, I had just returned to my hometown to work for the City of Rockford, and I was tasked with developing a plan to rehabilitate the Morgan Street Bridge, which was originally built in 1889, replaced in 1916, and now rapidly deteriorating. Even though I was from Rockford, I really wasn't familiar with the area. I remember being told, "Don't go inspect that bridge by yourself, it's the most dangerous area in the City." And they were right. It was an area of high crime, blight, neglect, homelessness, and hopelessness. But I went to look at the bridge by myself anyway-several times over the course of the years- and something about the area always struck me. I didn't see the crime, blight, and neglect. Rather, I saw the absolute beauty of the meandering and rolling streams of the Rock River, with the cascading water falling from the dam that…Log In to Read Full Article
Writing for Dollars: Winning Grants for Redevelopment
Securing brownfields redevelopment funding through the U.S. EPA involves a competitive process that requires submitting a grant proposal. The proposal must detail the type of grant sought, the work proposed, the additional funding that could be secured to guarantee completion, how the work will be implemented to safe guard effective… Read more
Oregon Land Bank Is Branching Out in 2016
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