Providence, Rhode Island, was once the manufacturing center of the nation. The legacy of that history is a magnificent collection of mostly abandoned mills that are slowly being reclaimed for new uses. Clay Rockefeller might not call himself a developer but he is the man behind two exciting mill revivals. His latest is The Steel Yard. We’ll talk to him about his experience as artist cum developer.
Also with us is Tom Borrup who, like Clay, has used art to revitalize communities, first as director of Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis and now as a consultant. His book, The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook, was released last year by Fieldstone Alliance.
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