07/18/2012 08:32 am ET Updated Sep 17, 2012

America's Suburbs Get Makeovers

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Not many cities can say they came out of the recession as well off as they went in. Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, is one of the few.

Originally it was a small bedroom community designed for drivers commuting to the city. But in the last 25 years Bellevue's leaders have planned a pedestrian-friendly downtown connected to public transportation and in the process created a booming street scene and high-tech magnet that's become one of Seattle's hottest spots. (CNN Money ranked Bellevue as its fourth-best place to live nationwide in 2010.)

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