Authors Jim and Deborah Fallows toured Electric Works recently as part of a broader northern Indiana tour he was conducting on a series of stories for The Atlantic magazine. They’re writing about how towns and cities in the industrial Midwest are reinventing themselves.

One of Fallows’ takeaways from the visit was breadth and depth of civic-engagement. “The funding of this project is an epitome of ‘public-private partnership’—a phrase that…is seen in Washington as a euphemism for ‘payoffs’ or ‘log-rolling,’ but at the local level appears to be a key ingredient in getting things done.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2019/04/fort-wayne-makes-its-own-luck/587659/

 

The $440 million development called Electric Works is intended to breathe life into a hulking abandoned property that was at the heart of Fort Wayne’s bygone manufacturing era.

“The emotional weight that the industrial complex has on this community can’t be overstated,” said Josh Parker, partner at RTM Ventures, the company behind the project. “It’s not just what we’re doing on our site, but what that brings to the larger area.”

Source: Bloomberg