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Old 04-20-2015, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Center City(Downtown Philly) has now surpassed Chicago as the 2nd most populated downtown in America. Kudos to Philadelphia's growing population.

Seven Reasons to Feel Super About Center City - Citified

Center City District / Central Philadelphia Development Corporation Of Philadelphia: State of Center City
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:48 PM
 
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Chicago falling further and further behind in just every metric these days.

Congrats, Philly!
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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You're talking about an area of 8 square miles? That's really pushing it. lol
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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You're talking about an area of 8 square miles? That's really pushing it. lol
What is the Downtown population of Chicago and in how big of an area? If you don't know that's cool just throwing it out there lol..
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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What is the Downtown population of Chicago and in how big of an area? If you don't know that's cool just throwing it out there lol..
According to the census bureau it's the area within a 2 mile radius of city hall. If you really wanted to know you could have done a simple search yourself. There are 181,000 living in that area.

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Old 04-20-2015, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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According to the census bureau it's the area within a 2 miles radius of city hall. If you really wanted to know you could have done a simple search yourself. There are 181,000 living in that area.
Yeah Girard to Tasker is what they used in the report and it is exactly 2 miles north of City Hall and a little less than 2 Miles south, and the east/west borders bound by the two rivers.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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According to the census bureau it's the area within a 2 mile radius of city hall. If you really wanted to know you could have done a simple search yourself. There are 181,000 living in that area.
sheesh - I thought i'd ask someone from Chicago that is all... Get an inside scoop because boundaries of a DT can be rather arbitrary and either too generous or not generous enough.. Was asking an honest question not asking for tude or a recommendation to just go find the answer myself. Friendly folks in Chicago for sure lol..
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Just to clear up any speculation involving the population statistics.

Downtown/Center City Philadelphia population: 183,000

Downtown Chicago population (Loop, Near North Side, Near South Side): 131,673
Loop-29,283
Near North Side- 80,484
Near South Side- 21,390

Map of the different sections in Chicago.
West Side, Chicago - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As you can see, downtown Philadelphia is clearly more populated than downtown Chicago.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I love Philly, I really do. But calling Center City a "downtown" paints sort of a misleading picture. Virtually every other U.S. downtown was depopulated during the mid-20th century. Philadelphia not only escaped urban renewal relatively unscathed, but up until a few decades ago the suburbs were the preferred location for office jobs due to the rather hefty commuter tax. Neighborhoods like Old City, Society Hill, and Rittenhouse Square, and Fitler Square are predominantly rowhouse in nature, for example. As such, it had a huge head start on other cities when it came to boosting "downtown" population even higher.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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I love Philly, I really do. But calling Center City a "downtown" paints sort of a misleading picture. Virtually every other U.S. downtown was depopulated during the mid-20th century. Philadelphia not only escaped urban renewal relatively unscathed, but up until a few decades ago the suburbs were the preferred location for office jobs due to the rather hefty commuter tax. Neighborhoods like Old City, Society Hill, and Rittenhouse Square, and Fitler Square are predominantly rowhouse in nature, for example. As such, it had a huge head start on other cities when it came to boosting "downtown" population even higher.
Okay, but it's still part of the downtown area. Can't really go off feelings.
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