Downtown DC vs Downtown Chicago (populations, Los Angeles, pros, economy)
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Thanks for the videos, MDAllstar. It's going to be interesting to see how all the changes take shape in DC over the next several years.
I think DC's vast low-rise architecture offers a unique urban experience for an American city. The whole streetcar thing is going to be interesting as well.
No problem! Akridge's Burnham Place that will deck over the tracks at Union Station with initial infrastructure starting sometime next year has the potential to trump all these plans for downtown north and downtown south in my opinion. The residential high rise views will be the best in the city and it will bridge NOMA and the Atlas District along H street. Akridge has been waiting for Amtrak to release their plans so they could begin construction. The Amtrak train service upgrades will take decades to happen but the decking over of the tracks for residential high rises and hotel/office space is about to happen now.
I'm not sure if people consider DuPont Circle and Adams Morgan part of downtown DC. They probably don't. One of the other vibrant parts of downtown DC nowadays is Penn Quater in the east.
DC is more of a neighborhoods city than a downtown city. The fact that there is no major shopping district in downtown DC puts it well below Chicago's just based on that.
Aside from obviously being more of a downtown city, I'd also argue that Chicago is just as much (if not more) of a neighborhood city as well.
Downtown Chicago is just leagues ahead of Downtown DC at the moment. That being said, Downtown DC has a bright future and it certainly has the potential to be a truly great downtown several years down the road.
I don't want to have the attitude of "oh, god, easily Chicago."
But I DO say Chicago's by a pretty wide margin.
Downtown DC does have a bright future, but I don't think it's anywhere near Chicago's yet, especially due to the fact that Downtown Chicago isn't showing any signs of losing steam. In fact, it's STILL getting better and better.
Even other cities in the Midwest are starting to get really, really nice Downtowns. Indy, Columbus, Milwaukee, Minneapolis to name a few.
Thanks for the video. DC will be amazing in ten years. This video doesn't include Poplar Point development either.
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