Modern Living: Shape-Up on the Waterfront

Another example of urban negligence has long been the waterfront, the city's forgotten edge where old warehouses and factories stand abandoned and dis integrating. But lately across the U.S., the waterfront has begun to shape up. Architects always realized that the aging brick warehouses had character. Now planners and investors are taking advantage of their no-nonsense style and vast space and are remodeling them —rather than tearing them down—to make roomy apartments and lively shopping areas.

Boston has already revitalized much of its wharf area. In St. Louis, preservationists have presented plans to...

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