'Anchorage died in 1986': Halcro urges new growth for downtown

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The head of Anchorage's Community Development Authority wants to revitalize Alaska's largest city.

"There is a reason why when Alaskans travel outside to other communities that they see all these cranes in the skyline," said Andrew Halcro, the executive director of the Anchorage Community Development Authority. "These cranes are there because that community has incentivized building, whether it's downtown or in midtown or in south."

Halcro spoke at the Visit Anchorage luncheon Thursday. He said Anchorage's local tax base is too small and the municipality needs to use different tax bases and tax tools to encourage development.

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