By Ryan McGreal
Published June 29, 2010
All successful revitalization efforts focus on upgrading existing local assets - developing better ties among colleges, universities and communities, strengthening business districts, upgrading parks and open spaces, preserving and reusing old buildings and supporting local art and music.
Notably absent from Florida's recommendations: letting heritage buildings decay until they have to be demolished to make room for surface parking, servicing prime farmland far outside the urban boundary to make into industrial parks, and sacrificing urban neighbourhoods to optimize through transport truck traffic.
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