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Old 08-17-2015, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Westside Grand Rapids
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It'd be an undertaking but what about investment $ per capita as a metric?
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:12 AM
 
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Would you call that an "improvement", or just growth? SF arguably already has one of the top 5 downtowns in the country going back decades. To say that it's one of the top improving downtowns takes away from the cities that have gone through a transition, and have built the type of momentum that SF already had.
*square footage
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Westside Grand Rapids
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*square footage
Yes I figured that out as noted a few posts after.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:37 AM
 
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LA
DC
Seattle
Cleveland/Denver/Nashville

Most downtowns are improving nationwide though.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR -> Rocky River, OH
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Seattle
Cleveland
LA
Denver
Austin
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
Washington DC
Seattle
Miami
Austin
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Westside Grand Rapids
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I find this topic interesting, what I want to know is how do any of you define a CBD/Downtown as improving? Mostly what i'm seeing for most improving downtowns listed, are the stereotypical C-D sexy cities who's downtowns have gotten bigger and denser, but were traditionally strong cores to start with. There are a couple exceptions.

When I think of improving cores I think of cities like Detroit and Louisville, not Seattle or Miami.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:20 AM
 
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STL is underrated in this regard. I've heard a lot about Philly and LA making improvements.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:15 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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One sleeper is Orlando. I visit once a year to check on some investment property I have in Davenport and Lake Nona and the place improves greatly every year. There is a resurgence of locally owned restaurants and bars downtown, many more options than what was there in years past. Then you add the new Amway arena and the soon to be new home of Orlando FC (which draws excellent crowds at the Citrus Bowl) and you have the makings of a legit downtown.

Add to that the Performing Arts Centre, the farmers market they host on the weekends near Lake Eola which is fantastic, plus the East End year round market near Baldwin Park is also a nice addition.

It seems like living downtown is starting to slowly become a viable option for people versus being stuck in suburban gated type areas which is boring as can be.

There are some things I miss about the Old Downtown Orlando, Johnsons Diner being the first.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Los Angeles
Washington DC
Seattle
Miami
Austin
This seems like it would be my list too, and just about in that order.
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