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MICHIGAN CITY — The pattern has played out time and time again in cities across the country: Artists start moving into a distressed, rundown neighborhood, open studios and galleries and soon it's transformed by an influx of investment and new residents. Artists have revived many neighborhoods like Wicker Park in Chicago, the Miller section of Gary, the Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee, Fountain Square in Indianapolis and Midtown in Detroit. Michigan City community leaders long have banked on the arts as a way to revitalize downtown, which has been rebranded as the Uptown Arts District for the last eight years after long ago losing its position as the shopping center to the suburban sprawl... Full story

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