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View Poll Results: what cities have big downtowns?
philadelphia 104 72.73%
los angeles 56 39.16%
honolulu 12 8.39%
tampa 1 0.70%
atlanta 55 38.46%
omaha 0 0%
milwaukee 8 5.59%
dallas 49 34.27%
miami 49 34.27%
memphis 3 2.10%
kansas city mo 13 9.09%
st. louis 25 17.48%
san antonio 6 4.20%
san francisco 91 63.64%
houston 61 42.66%
san diego 24 16.78%
buffalo 5 3.50%
st. paul 4 2.80%
cincinatti 19 13.29%
denver 37 25.87%
seattle 71 49.65%
cleveland 21 14.69%
boston 77 53.85%
pittsburg 35 24.48%
detroit 34 23.78%
phoenix 11 7.69%
nashville 10 6.99%
charlotte 15 10.49%
portland 16 11.19%
minneapolis 52 36.36%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 143. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-20-2010, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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When no links are provided (and even with links sometimes); then isn't everything a poster "says" essentially their opinion.....isn't that really what the forum is "all about"? Our Opinions......
Then why don't you provide something to the contrary with real benchmarks?

Snarky much?

The most recent estimates of Downtown Atlanta are over 30,000. And it feels like it when you are actually "there".

http://www.atlantadowntown.com/_file...nta-counts.pdf
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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Office Space & Workforce Population

NY (Midtown)
Chicago
NY (Lower Manhattan)
DC
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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I don't know about population, but by sheer size (number of high rises) I'd say:

Manhattan
Chicago
Miami
Philly
Houston
Los Angeles
Seattle
Boston
Atlanta
Pittsburgh/Denver (tie)

Big (but not huge) downtowns:

Minneapolis
Detroit
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
St. Louis
Portland
Jersey City/Charlotte (tie)
Nashville
Indianapolis
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Old 07-23-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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LOL.....although I also do not agree with the only four downtowns opinion...that's my opinion on their opinion and your post is your opinion.....as I see no links..
Something like this is just common knowledge...it's something of which most of us don't need to see proof. If someone were arguing that Iowa isn't a "real" state, would I really need to post a reference proving that Iowa IS a state? It's common knowledge, just like the knowledge that there are more than four real downtowns in the U.S.
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Originally Posted by austiNati View Post
I don't know about population, but by sheer size (number of high rises) I'd say:

Manhattan
Chicago
Miami
Philly
Houston
Los Angeles
Seattle
Boston
Atlanta
Pittsburgh/Denver (tie)

Big (but not huge) downtowns:

Minneapolis
Detroit
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
St. Louis
Portland
Jersey City/Charlotte (tie)
Nashville
Indianapolis


You know other cities exist out side of the midwest?
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Downtown Los Angeles has seen a growth to 40,000 residents by 2009 and could grow over 45,000 once several condo buildings and towers finish up in early 2011. There has been lots of growth in nightlife, street life, and walk ability as stores have opened to serve the growing neighborhood. Grocery stores, pharmacies, cafes, restauraunts, art walks, farmer's markets, etc... have all started to move in to serve these residents. There are still things to improve and hopefully the next decade and the Bringing Back Broadway group can do it, but the neighborhood is looking way better, even compared to just two years ago. Many young professionals moving in and its also a very popular neighborhood for University of Southern California students which is located just south of downtown.

Streets are packed in the Historic Core and Artist's District of Downtown during the Art Walks


Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live


Crocker Club


Ralphs Grocery


Newest rail station in Downtown Los Angeles, the Gole Line extension's Little Tokyo/Art's District station.


Adaptive reuse has saved beautiful architecture like the Eastern Columbia Building in the Historic Core by turning empty buildings into residential condos or lofts.
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Old 07-24-2010, 07:57 PM
 
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Very informative post on Downtown L.A. - thank you. Too many people automatically write it off based on what they've heard, but L.A. actually has a beautiful/lively downtown.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:28 PM
 
Location: THE THRONE aka-New York City
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NY is basically one big downtown. Manhattan is enough but there are parts in the other boroughs that could give cities downtowns a run for their money by themselves
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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To me the largest downtowns after those (NYC and Chicago) would be in order

Philadelphia
San Francisco
Boston
DC
Minneapolis
Detroit
Pittsburgh


then other large downtowns
LA
San Diego
Cinci
Cleveland
Seattle
Jersey City
Newark
Kansas City

Some of the Sunbelts feel pretty large too
Atlanta
Houston
Dallas
Miami

You mention Detroit having a large downtown. I would have to disagree. For the first time in 10 years I visited Detroit and I was shocked by its condition. Yea everyone knows its neighborhoods are wrecked and 1/3 abandoned but there is also abandonment downtown. I had never seen an abandoned skyscraper until 2 weeks ago when I saw it in Detroit. THere seem to be lots of them there, a good part of downtown is abandoned. Only the area around the sports stadiums and greektown are still alive. The rest of the downtown is a shambles. Leaving the baseball game, no less than 10 bums begged me for money. After seeing what I saw I know now there is no hope for Detroit. Any effort to revive it is a waste of money and most of it should be demolished. Such a shame, many of those buildings were once beautiful 1920s art deco style, and the old homes down there were also grand before the animals that live there destroyed them. What was once Americas 3rd largest city, the boomtown of the early 20th century is now destroyed. Im convinced downtown Detroit will be completely abandoned within 50 years, and the rest of the city will be nothing but a ruin with criminals and sqatters living in the remains of the city. By what I saw its not that far from those conditions now.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:53 AM
 
Location: BMORE!
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No Baltimore option??
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