Chillicothe has opportunity to become the next Charleston

The historical heritage preserved in downtown Chillicothe could be the key to transforming the city into the “Charleston of the Midwest,” according to a nationally recognized city planner, the Chillicothe Gazette reports. Robert Gibbs, “a Michigan-based planner widely recognized nationally as one of the industry’s most influential,” said Chillicothe “feels to me like Charleston (South Carolina) felt to me 40 years ago,” the article reports. Gibbs noted that Chillicothe still has “beautiful, historic buildings in their original state” that have not been “‘vandalized’ by modernism.” Gibbs was part of an international group of developers, planners, and architects who recently spent time touring Chillicothe and “meeting with downtown building and business owners and officials involved with revitalization.” The panel addressed questions involving a variety of areas, including “creating an actionable downtown vision, one-way versus two-way streets,” and “finding available resources and attracting outside investment,” among others. For more, read the full article

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