January 10, 1997 Hello! I am writing to express my interest in publishing some of my recent work on waterfront revitalization around the Great Lakes. In September of 1996, I completed my masters thesis under the direction of Dr. Joseph P. Schwieterman, professor at DePaul University in Chicago, accomplished author, and director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, a non-profit research organization dedicated to promoting effective land-use, transportation, and infrastructure planning in the Chicago Metropolitan area. My thesis is titled, “The Revitalization of Small and Medium-Sized Communities: An Assessment of Great Lakes Waterfronts”. I feel that it offers a fresh perspective on waterfront efforts in cities other than Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and the like. The report is a culmination of information from academic publications, trade periodicals, personal interviews, and other sources. I have attached the thesis abstract for your review. If you wish, I could send you a copy of the entire document. My thesis is nearly 70 pages, but changes in style, structure, and length can certainly be made to accommodate the needs of any magazine, journal, organization with an interest in the material. I would be more than happy to write an article on the topic, based, of course, on my research findings. I feel that the information in the report is far too useful to simply remain on my bookshelf. Indeed, the administrators with whom I spoke during the interview process for the report often complained about the lack of information on this issue. My personal credentials are primarily in the arenas of urban planning and development, public policy, and research. I have a masters degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University in Chicago and am currently working for the aforementioned Chaddick Institute, also in Chicago. Furthermore, my deep interest in writing compels me to contact individuals like yourself. I would be grateful for your comments on anyone who might find interest in my work. You may reach me at my e-mail address -- MDoozer@aol.com. Sincerely, Michael S. Davidson att.