It takes cooperation
The article about the revitalization of Shamokin is a great stepping stone. Activate the people of Shamokin. It starts with each and every one of you in town. Thinking back in the 1980s, people took pride in what they had, no matter how big or small it was. They kept their property looking nice — thats where it starts, clean it up. Then repair buildings and/or demo old dilapidated ones to make way for parks or other buildings or businesses. It’s a long road, but with hard work and determination the people can prove you don’t have to have billions to make your town nice, just cooperation between people and their town.