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Galveston leaders determined to reverse population loss.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; community leaders in Galveston, concerned that 50 years of steady population loss could transform what was once one of Texas' great cities into a hollowed-out tourist resort, are scrambling to reverse the decline.

Hurricane Ike bit into the island city's population in 2008, knocking it from 57,000 to about 48,000. "Our population is going to recover from a bottomed-out low point," Mayor Joe Jaworski said. He wants to restore the population to 50,000 in one to two years. "My sweet spot is to get it up to 75,000," he said.

The idea, echoed by others in the community, is to capitalize on the layout of the historic neighborhoods, historic downtown and seashore by making the city greener and pedestrian- and bike-friendly.

To read more on Galveston's plan, head to The Houston Chronicle's website;

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