9 results for “Pontiac”
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The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

| Dan Rafter

It was plain to see: The downtown business strip that had so long thrived in Birmingham, Michigan, was struggling. Bob Gibbs, an urban planner and chief executive officer of Birmingham-based Gibbs Planning, pointed to the luxury mall that had opened two miles away and had grabbed the major tenants that had lined downtown Birmingham for year…

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Betting on the Strand Theatre to boost downtown Pontiac

| Dan Rafter

Kyle Westberg looks at downtown Pontiac in Michigan and sees nothing but promise. Yes, Pontiac, like Detroit, struggled mightily during and after the Great Recession. The state of Michigan even appointed an emergency manager to take over the struggling city from the summer of 2010 through the summer of 2013. But Westberg, president and chie…