Here’s why revitalizing a city doesn’t have to mean erasing its history

Imagine your childhood neighborhood. Now imagine waking up one morning to a bulldozer ready to plow it down. Plenty of people would, understandably, have an emotional reaction at the idea that the place they grew up was about to be torn to the ground.

As the face of their neighborhood transforms, the cost of living is driven up, often causing longtime residents to lose their homes and, along with it, their connection to a place and its history. But does revitalizing a neighborhood have to mean erasing its history? In the Westside neighborhood of Covington, Kentucky, the answer is a resounding “no.”

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