Series: Kent Remakes Itself for Next Century

In a new series of articles, Kent Patch examines the city's ongoing redevelopment

Starting Monday, Kent Patch launches a new series that takes a look at the city's redevelopment.

The series, which will roll out over five days, is called Kent's Changing Landscape: Redefining a College Town.

Our summer Patch intern, , spent time this summer reviewing the historic buildings that have been demolished to make way for thousands of square feet of new residential, commercial and retail space. He also documents the new projects and demolitions going on, not just downtown, but around Kent.

Through the series, we'll take a look at some of the individual elements of Kent's redevelopment — some good, some bad. We'll talk with people who remember what once succeeded in the places that have since been demolished. And we'll examine the overall goal of all this redevelopment work — creating a stronger, more unified town-gown atmosphere between the city and to last for generations.

Our first piece, about the , will publish Monday at noon. Attached to this introduction you'll find eight previous videos about the major components of Kent's economic redevelopment.

But our work doesn't end with this series. We want to continue to tell the stories of Kent's reshaping as many of these projects continue into 2012 and 2013. And we want you to help us tell them by sharing your photos, memories and other memorabilia about the pieces of Kent's landscape that have now faded into history.

We encourage you to send your photos and letters to the editor about the existing projects as their construction continues.

Send feedback about the series and Kent's overall redevelopment to Kent Patch Editor Matt Fredmonsky at matt.fredmonsky@patch.com.


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