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Blighted to Brilliant: The Revitalization of Cities Across Texas and the Lasting Community impact

BY ANDREA SLAYDON

Abandoned buildings, decaying properties and vacant spaces bring about all sorts of problems for communities. From an increase in crime to plummeting property values, it’s really something that impacts us all across the board. Luckily, some see these blighted areas as a chance to create a win for everyone. From Houston to Dallas and Austin to Fort Worth… once neglected areas are now thriving places for the community. It’s not just changing the landscape of these cities, but it’s bringing in money for businesses, investors and real estate companies.

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The Future of Shopping Centers ICSC Highlights

 BY ANDREA SLAYDON

What is it about a shopping center that makes it successful? Big named stores? Well-known restaurants and entertainment? The formula that has worked in the past is changing and experts say, of course, it all comes down to what the consumer wants. This sign of the times also points to the end of the traditional shopping mall. These were just some of the highlights from the International Council of Shopping Centers Texas fall 2016 conference.

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