Dubuque’s Renaissance Could Use Pittsburgh’s Mexican War Streets District As a Model

I’m only a casual but frequent visitor to Dubuque and Pittsburgh, but with each visit I become a little more acquainted. Each discovery there becomes a familiarity and each familiarity becomes an old friend. And both towns amaze me.

The resurgence of the Historic Millwork District and the emergence of the Schmid Innovation Center complex remind me of an abandoned steel factory turned into an arts incubator and retail complex of arts-related venues in Bethlehem (a bit east of Pittsburgh…