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A solution for downtown?

In the late 1980s, downtown Whitefish needed help, said Mike Eve, assistant to the city manager in that western Montana town.

"It wasn't all paved, and there weren't curbs and gutters and sidewalks," Eve said. So the city put together an urban renewal plan.

It put in streets, curbs, gutters and decorative street lights around its old rail yard depot, which was subsequently restored by the local historical society. It did the same at the sites of a new library and cultural center. It sold bonds to finance street improvements, a new aquatic center, a business park, a city beach, and bicycle a...


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