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Rockford's Road to Redemption – Part 1

In 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

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