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    How Art Is Helping Boost Post-Industrial America

    They’re not just painting over the cracks. Local officials around Colorado are nurturing a statewide creative arts push that has helped bring depressed communities back from the precipice. From funding public art to hosting festivals, a vibrant creativity has helped towns like Trinidad, which has tripled commercial building sales while embracing 150 new startups. It’s a trend that has seen success in other former coal and manufacturing centers around the U.S., with new “creative districts” helping to diversify local economies — and even guard against endemic boom-and-bust cycles.

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