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Forum to focus on how to improve downtowns in Erie Canal corridor

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Downtown revitalization takes a very long time, according to Hannah Blake of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Turning a depressed row of empty storefronts into a bustling community hub and tourist magnet requires consistent investment and community work. “It can take many years,” she said. In an effort to expedite that long process for the 233 historical communities along the banks of the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo, Blake organized the “Downtown Investment ...

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