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Old 08-27-2010, 10:11 AM
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I see a lot of threads on cities that died but I have not seen one on cities that almost died but came back so I decided to start a thread devoted to those cities. That way we can see what they did differently then the cities that died that helped them survive.

I want to start by looking at Pueblo.

This is a great article on what happened and what we did to help us get through the economic collapse.

This is from the Pueblo Chieftain:

The general prosperity of the 1960s turned sour as the 1970s progressed. In Pueblo, dark clouds were forming, and it wasn't smoke from CF&I. Pueblo's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in 1975, 2 percentage points lower than the national average. But the worst was yet to come. In 1982, CF&I, Pueblo's bedrock employer, laid off 2,000 people.The unemployment rate soared to almost 20 percent here in September 1982, from 6.4 percent in November 1981.

The link: http://www.chieftain.com/business/lo...cc4c03286.html

Pueblo did not sit back and let the city go down. As the article states, Pueblo started the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation and its citizens voted in a 1/2 cent sales tax for primary jobs. In fact other cities in Colorado took note of what Pueblo has done.

This is from the Greeley Tribune:

» Pursuing a program similar to Pueblo's unique-in-Colorado dedicated tax for economic development. Since 1984, Pueblo voters have every five years approved a half-cent sales tax that goes solely to the Pueblo Economic Development Corp. The taxes amount to $5 million to $6 million a year, giving the city more money to attract primary-sector employers.

The link: Ad-hoc committee offers lots of ideas on Greeley's development fees, but no ‘magic bullet' | Greeley Tribune (http://www.greeleytribune.com/article/20100814/NEWS/100819848/1002&parentprofile=1001 - broken link)

Then in the 1990's Puebloans voted to build a convention center and Riverwalk in downtown creating a renaissance that continues today. In fact the city is working on a plan to double the size of the convention center, build a aquatic center, parking garage, then get private developers to build 2 hotels, retail and office buildings and condo buildings.

Proposed buildings

1. Expansion of convention center with expo hall. Existing: Parking lot.
2. Hotel. Existing: Parking lot and part of Richmond Avenue.
3. Parking garage. Existing: Parking lot.
4. Aquatics center. Existing: Vacant land and portion of Richmond Avenue.
5. Mixed-use development. Existing: Police building.
6. Office space: Existing: Former health department building.
7. Mixed-use development. Existing: Vacant lot.
8. Hotel/condos/mixed-use development. Existing: Urban Renewal Authority offices/former print shop.
9. Outdoor amphitheater. Existing: Unimproved grass lot/amphitheater.

Today Pueblo is in a recession like most of the country but we are have brought our selves back and constantly get noticed for it.

Here is one of the things that Pueblo was noted for:

Named one of America's Best Places to Live by the editors of Livability.com

Pleasing to the eye with its clean water and mountain views, Pueblo’s environmental efforts has made it a Preserve America community. The city boasts well-known attractions such as Pueblo Zoo and the Historic Arkansas Riverfront, but is perhaps best known for growing close to 10 million pounds of chile peppers each year. Pueblo’s 105,000 residents can be proud of their nationally ranked school system and affordable home prices, plus four native sons who are Medal of Honor recipients.

Livability.com, also, says Pueblo's one of the nation's 10 Surprising Food Cities.

Out of 200 of the smaller cities and towns on it's list of most livable cities, Pueblo was chosen as the 10th best for food and culture.

Plus Pueblo has the states fastest growing University, Colorado State University - Pueblo, and there are plans to develop the area around in into a new urban area called Thunder Village.

This is the drawing of the plans and link to the planned "urban area" that is the focus of the development in the area by the university and football stadium.

Urban Renewal Authority of Pueblo - Thunder Village Project (http://www.pueblourbanrenewal.org/thunder.html - broken link)

Located east of Colorado State University-Pueblo, the Authority is participating with private developers to establish a high-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood to help serve the commercial and residential needs of the university. Construction is currently underway.

Finally Pueblo has become home to Vesta's regional office and the largest wind tower manufacturing plant in the world. There are plans to build a energy park, the Colorado Energy Park, that will be 21,000 acers and include nuclear energy and will be the largest of its kind in the United States. Also, a Las Vegas Developer has bought 24,000 acers north of town known as Pueblo Springs and will annex it in the city making it the largest planned community in the country with the states largest tech park that will have over 200,000 people at build out.

Here is the link forthe Pueblo Springs Ranch devlopment:

CVL is currently working annexing 24,000 acres north of Pueblo, Colorado, known as Pueblo Springs Ranch, into the City of Pueblo on behalf of the landowner.

The link: http://www.cvldenver.com/

Finally this is what CU said about Pueblo in 2008:

oPueblo County - Historically, Pueblo County has experienced moderate population growth. This trend will change when the Pueblo Springs Ranch is complete. The 23,000-acre subdivision in northeast Pueblo County is expected to have about 75,000 households, or 200,000 people when completed. The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project has begun to pay the economic dividends its creators intended. In August 2007, the new 44,000-square-foot headquarters of the Professional Bull Riders Association was dedicated, and new restaurants and other establishments have opened near the new building.

The link: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2007/480.html

I could go on but I think this shows how Pueblo pulled it self from the brink of disaster in the 1970's and 1980's and is ready to prosper once this recession ends.

Last edited by Josseppie; 08-27-2010 at 11:41 AM..
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:43 PM
Location: Chicago
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Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C, etc.
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:43 PM
Status: "Autumn!" (set 28 days ago)
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C, etc.
Those cities were merely sick, not terminally ill. Pittsburgh is one that is making a comeback. It almost died for the same reason as Pueblo; collapse of the steel industry in the US.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:05 AM
Location: Home is where the heart is
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The Shenandoah Valley seems poised for a major comeback. That entire region almost died, but has been hanging on for decades. In a way, I like it the way it is, it's a beautiful area and pretty to drive through.

I can imagine the residents are torn. On the one hand I'm sure they're sick of seeing the remnants of falling-down buildings from when it was a thriving area, and they'd like to see it return to its former prosperity. On the other hand, the valley is very pretty right now just the way it is. If business returns, so does the traffic.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:43 PM
Location: Scranton PA
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Scranton, PA:

Despite what MANY of the posters in the Northeastern Pennsylvania forum have to say, the city is definitely making a comeback. Scranton is at half of its peak population now but is turning around. The city is becoming more and more diverse everyday. In the last ten years, Downtown Scranton has gone from a virtual ghost town to a more livable area. There have been numerous new restaurants opening, and more condos and living units are being constructed. There is a demand for urban living in Northeastern PA and that is helping turn our city around.

If only the attitude of our citizens could change! I would say at least 50% of the citizens are discontent and feel that the city is doomed so we might as well just give up. And if the ongoing war between our mayor and City Council President would come to an end, even better progress could be made!
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