My own view is that no other single category of activity is more important to sustainable development than revitalization. When done properly, it's great for residents old and new, great for cities, and great for the environment.
Over at Gristmill, Kate Sheppard writes about how an even more devastated municipality -- the steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, immortalized back in the late 1980s in the film Lightning over Braddock -- is now the focus of a new ad campaign for green jobs. The campaign, called The Cap Solution, brings together the Environmental Defense Action Fund, the United Steelworkers and the Blue Green Alliance to promote carbon cap legislation as a solution to unemployment and municipal decline in America's Rust Belt.
Anyone out there have other examples of blighted urban (or suburban) areas that are seeking new avenues to revitalization? Any success stories?