PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) A long-buried stretch of the Clinton River could see the light of day as part of an effort to help Pontiac redevelop.

Officials are considering "daylighting" part of the river enclosed in a 1963 flood-control project.

The proposal would create an open channel with a pedestrian walkway to attract stores and restaurants to the southeastern Michigan city.

Oakland County water resources commissioner John McCulloch tells The Detroit News he got the idea during a visit to San Antonio's River Walk.

An estimate put the cost of the Clinton River project at $47 million.

Similar projects have happened on urban waterways such as Castro Valley Creek in Castro Valley, Calif.; Indian Creek in Caldwell, Idaho; and Gilkey Creek in Flint.

Information from: The Detroit News, http://www.detnews.com

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