Repurposing the Old Mills of Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Thanks to a major boom back during the Industrial Revolution, Rhode Island has dozens of magnificent old mills—many of which have long been abandoned. While nine of those mills have been redeveloped as residential spaces, eight have been repurposed as studio spaces for artists and small businesses. And while the converted mills don’t employ nearly the same number of people as they did back when they were the epicenter of manufacturing, according to the NY Times, those working there now have added about $1 million in tax revenue to the state. Pawtucket is becoming an artist haven and, in turn, the artists are giving back in a multitude of ways.