Libraries help revitalize struggling or depressed neighborhoods and towns.  Place based economic development stresses the importance of offering attractive, functional, and community based places, such as libraries, in depressed neighborhoods.  Like a major department store in a mall, libraries attract large numbers of people, creating economic opportunities for a variety of businesses and organizations in the surrounding area.  Small towns can successfully transform their libraries and the surrounding areas into the hubs of a vibrant town.  Clearwater Public Library – Check Us Out!