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Revitalize by demolition
We wanted to share a popular sentiment from our site, you can't revitalize by demolition. The phrase came from our discussion with Famellos-Schmidt on Downtown Fresno. He really hit a sentiment with the comment. It's possible to tear everything down and rebuild in it's place, however it's not feasible, otherwise developers would do that.
The reality is that revitalization is successful with a combination of re-use and rebuild. The buildings that are re-used can offer lower cost per foot for development and the rebuild can provide certain amenitities that would be cost-prohibitive for re-use projects.
Revitalization by demolition promises the lost of our identity and therefore is unacceptable, revitalization without rebuild is cost prohibitive and has no chance of success, our only chance at success is a combination of re-use and rebuild.
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