The former mayor of Pittsburgh, who presided over that city's revival 20 years ago, told Loveland leaders Wednesday that their downtown is on its way toward revitalization, but they can't rest on their laurels.
"You need to keep working. It's not done yet," Tom Murphy told the crowd in Loveland's Rialto Theater during a Destination Downtown Loveland event. "If you're going to succeed ... you need to be very intentional.
"The cities that get it are the ones that are very intentional," said Murphy, who served as mayor of Pittsburgh from 1994 to 2006, coming into office after the city had lost 60 percent of its population since 1960 and most of its industrial base.
Murphy, now a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, delivered the keynote address during the event, the 10th anniversary of the first Destination Downtown event, which was credited for sparking excitement and inspiration among Loveland government, business and nonprofit leaders.