How a 19th-Century Town Became a New Millennium Marvel

From Politico Magazine: "When Hunter S. Thompson came to New Hampshire’s largest city to cover the 1972 presidential campaign, he described it as “a broken down mill town with an aggressive Chamber of Commerce and America’s worst newspaper. There’s nothing much else to say for it.” Manchester’s downtown business district was drying up, its sewers poured excrement into the Merrimack River and most of the massive brick mills sandwiched in between were empty husks, awaiting a revival of U.S. manufacturing that would never arrive. For a quarter-century thereafter, there was little to prompt the casual visitor to reappraise this fallen industrial city of 110,000, an hour north of Boston.

But today there’s no missing that Manchester—laid out in the 19th century as an American manufacturing utopia—has gotten its groove back, successfully resurrecting its massive riverside mill district into a teeming knowledge industry hive..." Read more here