HAMMOND, Ind. -- The city of Hammond has unveiled a plan to revitalize the city’s downtown as a way to draw new residents and businesses to the community, according to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana.

City leaders are to attempting to make the downtown a pedestrian-friendly, aesthetically pleasing environment that would include an upscale apartment building, a plaza and mixed-use development.

The publication says the plan was prepared by urban planner Jeff Speck of Massachusetts, the author of "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time."

The plan evolves from the proposed West Lakes Corridor rail project which would provide commuter rail service to Chicago, from northwest Indiana communities, such as Hammond.

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