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View Poll Results: Most transformed and improved city cores
New York City 20 9.43%
Los Angeles 40 18.87%
Chicago 32 15.09%
Dallas 17 8.02%
Houston 14 6.60%
Philadelphia 29 13.68%
Washington 38 17.92%
Miami 17 8.02%
Atlanta 25 11.79%
Boston 9 4.25%
San Francisco 8 3.77%
Phoenix 6 2.83%
Riverside/San Bernadino 2 0.94%
Detroit 10 4.72%
Seattle 17 8.02%
Minneapolis 13 6.13%
San Diego 7 3.30%
Tampa 3 1.42%
St. Louis 9 4.25%
Baltimore 9 4.25%
Denver 22 10.38%
Pittsburgh 20 9.43%
Charlotte 11 5.19%
Portland 8 3.77%
San Antonio 4 1.89%
Orlando 4 1.89%
Sacramento 5 2.36%
Cincinnati 13 6.13%
Cleveland 25 11.79%
Kansas City 10 4.72%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 212. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-10-2014, 09:52 AM
 
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Denver has changed a ton since 1994, but I think the city was well on its way by then. Cities like Cleveland and Kansas City were total wastelands in the early 90's, yet I didn't vote for them because their comeback is still not complete and they have a ways to go.

I chose Washington because of how much of the city has been transformed. Not just the downtown area, but huge swaths of neighborhoods surrounding downtown have been developed or rejuvenated. Downtown has seen tremendous growth too though.

Most cities have seen incredible change and investment since the mid 90's. From Seattle to Miami and San Diego to Providence and places like Pittsburgh in between. Baltimore is finally turning another corner and just maybe Detroit is about to get their turn.

Only a couple of cities have not done much. Buffalo and Memphis come to mind.
Buffalo is seeing revitalization on its West Side and soon near the medical district east of Downtown. It has areas like Allentown, Elmwood Village, West Village, North Buffalo/Hertel Ave and parts of South Buffalo that are solid to very nice areas that have or are still seeing revitalization.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Northeast Suburbs of PITTSBURGH
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Pittsburgh (from Mount Washington)
1970s - http://bradystewartcollection.files....970-w-3191.jpg
2014 - http://www.wallmonkeys.com/blog/wp-c...ine_night1.jpg

Philadelphia
1970s - http://www.ardenwebsales.com/general...rds/Philly.jpg
2014 - http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-z9XgvWDrKN...+and+white.jpg
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Riverside/San Bernardino is on the list? Neither of them have a CBD/major downtown. And of course, Fort Worth is left out as usual.

Don't know about the other major cities, but Downtown Fort Worth fits most of the improvement criteria.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:14 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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And of course, Fort Worth is left out as usual.
So what else is new?


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Don't know about the other major cities, but Downtown Fort Worth fits most of the improvement criteria.
We have made some great changes to downtown, the neighborhoods near south and west of it, and Panther Island coming soon.

But even I think we still have some way to go to compare our changes to some of the other cities on this list...
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:16 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Riverside/San Bernardino is on the list? Neither of them have a CBD/major downtown.
Read my OP. I said top 30 metros for poll purposes. I knew Riverside/San Bernardino wouldn't garner any votes, but it was in that slot numerically so oh well. Can't make a perfect poll to satisfy all C-D audiences. If you want to include Fort Worth with details of its downtown transformation, by all means have at it. It's just poll and the thread is open to discussion.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Chicago, LA, and DC off the top of my head. Even 20 years ago, River North in Chicago was full of sleazy flop houses, people on drugs, etc. Today the area is full of luxury high rises, trendy restaurants hotels and lounges/clubs, multi million dollar condos (and even a few mansions), and offices of reputable companies and also startups. Also many, many vacant surface lots (while some exist today it's nowhere near what it used to be). It's one of the most expensive areas of town now and 20 years ago, you weren't going to find many people who wanted to live there. You could say the same about the South Loop and also West Loop. All these areas are still building and transforming
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Denver has changed a ton since 1994, but I think the city was well on its way by then.
Downtown Denver seemed pretty average and quiet during my first visit in 1998. Though I think the opening of Coors Field in 1995 seemed to be a catalyst for a residential and nightlife boom in LoDo. Union Station is now functioning a hub for all the new commuter and light rail lines and a new underground bus terminal is bringing more activity into the core as well and will increase in the future.

The whole urban landscape transformation that is happening in the areas around Union Station/Confluence Park/Highlands and it's shaping up into an evolving neighborhood that is more walkable and transit friendly with a fairly unique vibe. The parking lots and vacant areas between Coors Field and 16th St are filling up whole blocks of midrise density with ground level retail and dining. It has been an amazing transformation to watch.

I've been to Denver about a dozen times since 1998 and I always find something new to look at and explore whilst walking around the city every time I go back. What will continue to happen in the future is quite remarkable as well. Denver's transformation would not be as comparable as DC (though there is a hotline between DC and Denver), however Denver's infrastructure infill and upgrades over the last 20 years has shown that it has a bigger destiny to fulfill in the 21st century and it's punching well above its weight and size.

RTD -(Union Station redevelopment page)
Millennials' desires are reshaping Denver development plans - Denver Business Journal)

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Old 05-10-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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DT Miami has made huuuge strides...and the transformation seems to be continuing.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:47 AM
 
Location: The City
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoEYNANks-I

Philly would have to be in the running
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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DC, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles stand out to me.

Riverside does actually have a pretty nice downtown. Not a major core but on par with smaller cities.
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