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Connections: How can Rust Belt cities be revitalized using the resources of the Great Lakes?

Will the plan to move RBTL’s proposed performing arts center to Main Street help revitalize Rochester’s downtown? It’s a question local urbanists are exploring. The new plan for the $250 million project would include a Broadway theater, a smaller theater, a hotel, and restaurant, retail, and residential development at the site currently occupied by the Riverside Hotel, which would be razed. The new project would be tied to the city’s ROC the Riverway initiative.

This hour, we sit down with urbanists who discuss the plan, as well as what else they think can help rust belt cities revitalize by using the resources of the Great Lakes. In studio:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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