Eight mid-size American cities that revitalized their riverfronts

By Barbara Wysocki

Rivers were once America's superhighways. People gathered along their banks. Settlements swelled into commercial and cultural hubs. With shrinking industries and urban flight happening after WWII, waterway traffic declined and riverfronts fell into disuse. Here's a look at some forward-thinking cities that have turned the process around, bringing riverfronts back to life with a vibrant mix of cultural and recreational opportunities.