Beauty & Blight: Saving Daytona’s beachside
As seen in the Daytona Beach News-Journal
They’re proud to call the Daytona Beach area home, but when some business leaders hope to make a good impression on out-of-town visitors, they don’t drive a direct route from the airport to the World’s Most Famous Beach.
They’re too embarrassed by what their guests will see.
The contrast between the multimillion-dollar projects designed to attract more tourism and the slum neighborhoods that surround them lies at the heart of a yearlong News-Journal team effort to explore the reasons why blight persists and, more importantly, what might be done about it. We talked with dozens of local leaders, national experts and people who live and work in the affected area.
What we learned might surprise you — and might even leave you hopeful that beauty and blight don’t have to go hand in hand.
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