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Downtown Revitalization Receives National Attention

Efforts to revitalize downtown Fresno are receiving national attention.  A series of articles about Fresno, among other cities have been featured in the The Atlantic. A special report titled “America’s Futures” by James Fallows seeks to find and report on “The people, organizations, and ideas reshaping the country.” Fresno has been a pit stop on his road trip.

Fallows himself seems pretty optimistic about Fresno’s future saying, “We’ve seen cities at almost every imaginable point along this curve. Full, functioning ripeness—as in Greenville, South Carolina; Burlington, Vermont; Columbus, Ohio; little Holland, Michigan; or Riverside, California. Nearly there—as with Sioux Falls, South Dakota, or Winters, California. Moving in the right direction—like Duluth, Minnesota, or Columbus, Mississippi, or Redlands, California, or tiny Eastport, Maine. Just kicking off a big new effort—as in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Or trying to figure out what to do next—as in San Bernardino, California….Along this arc Fresno occupies an interesting position. To outsiders, it looks as if the downtown is still in quite tough shape. To the people working on its recovery, the big, important decisions about moving forward have been taken, and the payoff is about to appear.”

About Jenni Solla

Jenni and her family have lived in Fresno since 2010. Jenni believes that Fresno is not only a great place to live, but has also seen it grow and improve over the years she's lived here. Together with her husband Nathan, she is a founding partner at WorldLight Media LLC, a creative web design and marketing firm that has been in business for over 12 years and is headquartered in Fresno. Nathan and Jenni have two children, Their oldest is 13 and has been diagnosed with Autism. Their youngest is 10 years old. Things Jenni loves about Fresno: The sunshine, traffic (or lack there of), the small town feel combined with the big city conveniences, the local food, and her church.

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