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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, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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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
I never knew Chicago's core had a lot of issues back then. Maybe I'm mistaking, but I thought I read somewhere that said something about Lincoln Park being a shady area too. I thought it was always a tony neighborhood.
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Old 05-10-2014, 02:16 PM
 
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Austin, TX had a pretty drastic transformation.
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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This is fun too. Millennium Park was a giant parking lot until construction started in the late 90s:
http://www.cmrp.com/images/gallery/M...ark%205%20.jpg
http://www.lafoundation.org/myos/my-...ark-before.jpg

It was also home to a giant rail yard.
Wow. Love that park!
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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I never knew Chicago's core had a lot of issues back then. Maybe I'm mistaking, but I thought I read somewhere that said something about Lincoln Park being a shady area too. I thought it was always a tony neighborhood.
Oh yeah - River North and near the River in like Streeterville and what's now Lakeshore East was more industrial with flop houses and stuff. Rush Street was a bunch of porn shops and adult theaters and stuff like that. River North was shady. Even the south side of the Loop (not even South Loop) was shady too.

Here's part of an interview with chef Rick Bayless talking about that:
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Q: What do you think about what has happened to River North since you first opened?
A: It was a long time ago. When we first opened Frontera, it was just the space at Frontera. We didn't have the bar, we didn't have Topolo, we didn't have Xoco. It was just one storefront. Where Topolo is now, it was this really sleazy bar with what they called "Clark Street Flop House" above it. The sleazy bar was called the Rendezvous Bar and every night when we opened the doors at 5:30 we had to move the bums out of the front because they were huddling up there in front of our door. So we had to move those guys out.

And this neighborhood was super, super sleazy. The only glimmer of anything we could talk about that was sort of upscale at all was the old restaurant Gordon from Gordon Sinclair was kitty-corner to where Naha is now. They had moved in here because they wanted to do a fine dining place in a sleazy neighborhood and make it a real adventure for the guest to come and they were really popular. I know you look around this neighborhood now and you can't even imagine that it was that way. It was all adult bookstores and strip clubs and there were all these bars with little room places up above that you could rent by the hour. But it was the only thing we could afford and so we said well, we could tell people that we are right across from Gordon and there's a parking lot and people would call us up and they'd go, "could you send someone in my car and escort me across the street?"

It started to change and gentrify over the first eight or nine years that we were open and then all the sudden it just exploded. Mostly because our landlord, the guy that owns practically everything you can see here, he really wanted to turn it into a restaurant neighborhood. So as places went out he bought them up and he really tried to get good restaurateurs in here. And then it all really changed when he leased the space that is now Mastro's to the Wolfgang Puck people and they put Spago in there. And all the sudden it was like, "oh my gosh we are kind of a funky ma and pa restaurant?I'm not sure we belong in this neighborhood anymore." It became sort of gourmet ghettoish over here.

Then everything sort of settled down and now I feel like it's turning into this "Rush Street South" because we got all these clubs. If you've been down in this neighborhood at 11:00 on Friday or Saturday night, it's just solid clubs all along Hubbard and the lines to get into them are so long. Thankfully it's not when we are doing the bulk of our business because I think it would diminish people's interest in coming down here.
Yes, Lincoln Park was once a so so neighborhood too and then DePaul came in and built a campus. Lakeview was also like that. I watched a film from the 70s talking with people from Lincoln Park, and these kids were talking about how their parents wouldn't send them to some high school because they were afraid they would be beat up. I think the good parts of Lincoln Park were south of Armitage or Fullerton but north of that was so so.
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Over The Rhine, The Banks, and a transformed Downtown all being connected with a new streetcar loop makes Cincinnati a true player.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I know it's quite far down the list from these metros, but surely Des Moines deserves a mention here? No one was talking about it at all ten years ago and now it's blossomed into a really desirable and fun small/mid-sized city. Thinking of improvements like the East Village, the Court District, the downtown Science Center, the D-Line shuttle, the new transit hub, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, the Riverwalk, all the new housing and businesses moving downtown, etc.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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I know it's quite far down the list from these metros, but surely Des Moines deserves a mention here? No one was talking about it at all ten years ago and now it's blossomed into a really desirable and fun small/mid-sized city. Thinking of improvements like the East Village, the Court District, the downtown Science Center, the D-Line shuttle, the new transit hub, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, the Riverwalk, all the new housing and businesses moving downtown, etc.
I was just there last week and was very impressed at what I saw. Des Moines is definitely up and coming.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:55 PM
 
Location: A subtropical paradise
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Austin, TX had a pretty drastic transformation.
The major Texas cities in general, from Houston to Dallas to Austin, are changing quite fast.
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Old 05-11-2014, 12:49 AM
 
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Austin is not mentioned. Austin has had a constant population growth since 1850. Its estimated population growth in 2014 is 9.5 percent. This year Austin had 865 000 people living within the city limits. You see the same rapid growth in Austin metropolitan area. Austin (proper) is now the 11th largest city in United States and with the rate it are growing it will be among the top ten largest cities in United States whitin just a few years. The Austin Metro will within ten years have over 2 million people and rank among the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the states. It is the third fastest growing Metro in United States and the fastest by far with over 1 million people. Austin has still a low population density (a bit over 1000) but looking at the layout of the city and area, there will be a lot building in the city. With little crime, no Washington liberalism or Wall Street capitalism it seems that Austin has a very bright future. They have also comparable little crime for a city in its size. Austin has less violent crime and murder than San Diego. In general the crime seems low in Austin among cities over 250 000 people. They have much larceny theft about…What I have read – Austin is flipping hot right now.
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Old 05-11-2014, 12:55 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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The major Texas cities in general, from Houston to Dallas to Austin, are changing quite fast.
San Antonio... Fort Worth... El Paso... even Waco and Corpus Christi have plans, at least.
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