By Jessica Boehm | The Arizona Republic
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During the weekday lunch rush or weekend evening, the hustle and bustle of Gilbert’s Heritage District echoes throughout the three central blocks of the downtown area.
A growing line of patrons can be seen through the windows of Liberty Market while couples and families weave their way across Gilbert Road, debating which restaurant to try. In warmer weather, a half-dozen kids jump in and out of the splash pad beneath the old water tower and their parents snap pictures on their iPhones.
But the Heritage District didn’t always look like this. In fact — it didn’t look like this five years ago.
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