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Old 12-01-2010, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Hmm, there is a lot of murkiness in definition. I'm going to go with a strict CBD for this purpose. My main reasoning for this is that there are lots of areas that might fulfill the concept of downtown (centrally located place with shopping, business, other commerce, transportation infrastructure, and cultural institutions) that just aren't going to qualify for a discussion like this. I give as an example my neighborhood that has an area fulfilling all of the elements I've described, and is even sometimes called downtown by the locals. But it is small, and definitely not a major focal point of the larger region. So, on to the list for Boston:

  • Financial District
  • Back Bay
  • Longwood Medical Area
  • Kendal Square

Each of these is a large scale business district supporting tens of thousands of jobs, served by subway, major highways, filled with towers, etc. All but Kendal Square (in Cambridge) are in Boston Proper, and I include Kendal because it is so close to the city. I do not include places like the Route 128 corridor, which while a major employment region, does not qualify as a downtown regarding the other elements.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Are you listening to yourself.

Notice how one area is called downtown and the rest aren't???

Anyways, pretty much every metropolitan area has multiple downtowns. A metropolitan area does consist of multiple cities afterall.

Houston area:
Downtown Houston
Downtown Galveston
Downtown Baytown
Downtown Conroe
and more......
very shortsigthed...

You should travel to Midtown Manhattan and try telling people that.

I would argue in Atlanta we have a Downtown, a Midtown, a Uptown (buckhead). That is how it should be... why should everything be downtown, especially when it is inside the same city?
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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very shortsigthed...

You should travel to Midtown Manhattan and try telling people that.

I would argue in Atlanta we have a Downtown, a Midtown, a Uptown (buckhead). That is how it should be... why should everything be downtown, especially when it is inside the same city?

Atlanta..............

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Old 12-04-2010, 12:48 AM
 
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SW Washington D.C.'s 500 acre waterfront is emerging as a second massive downtown the same size as D.C.'s main CBD. It's being developed into a CBD that could approach 40 million sq. feet in 10 years when everything fills in down in SW. D.C. is already home to the third largest CBD behind Chicago and New York and that is with 17% of downtown D.C. being government buildings which don't count in downtown office space. When SW is done, the sheer miles and size of downtown D.C. will be staggering. D.C.'s downtown population is really changing too because there are countless residential high rises going up all over downtown.
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Old 12-04-2010, 01:12 AM
 
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Here are some pics of D.C.'s current CBD. If you look at the bottom right hand side of the photo, you see some parking lots. That is NOMA which is a new northern section and new downtown. Those parking lots are under construction right now and being developed into mixed use high rises which will resemble the CBD in about 5-10 years.



The new City Center that is being built in the last parking lot in the CBD. If you look right in the middle of the picture above, do you see the last parking lot in the CBD. It's a big gap surrounded by buildings. Well City Center breaks ground in the spring and will go there which will be the only space left other than NOMA.



Some of the new construction going on every where expanding downtown further and further


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Old 12-04-2010, 01:19 AM
 
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Here is the rendering of D.C.'s second downtown in SW showing the 500 acre waterfront under construction now. This will give D.C. the second largest downtown behind only New York when finished. You can see the Washington Monument and Capital Building in the top of the rendering. That is the beginning of D.C.'s current downtown. Everything in this rendering will be added to Downtown as new mixed use buildings. Downtown D.C. will be absolutely mammoth when complete. The sheer miles will be breath taking.


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Old 12-04-2010, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Denver...
~Downtown Denver
~Glendale
~Denver Tech Center
~Cherry Creek??
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Denver
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very shortsigthed...

You should travel to Midtown Manhattan and try telling people that.

I would argue in Atlanta we have a Downtown, a Midtown, a Uptown (buckhead). That is how it should be... why should everything be downtown, especially when it is inside the same city?
Galveston, Baytown, and Conroe aren't in Houston. Katy even has a downtown, again, not in Houston.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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i would argue that, as i have been informed, that memphis is a dual core city. it has a distinct CBD that is described as 1 sq mile; however, the downtown is 6 sq miles. there is a definite midtown, which contains mixed residential, residential, low, mid, and highrise buildings. many areas of mixed use and retail. this area continues approximately 10 miles and passes the university of memphis area to what is called the poplar-240 corridor. interestingly enough, this area contains one of the largest skyscrapers in the city, and for many years, the highest in the southeast. it remains one of the highest outside of a major urban downtown core. consequently, all of this retail, business, and residential configuration creates the second core of the city proper. johnny ryall is the guy i count on to discuss the urban setup, as he knows much more than i about the memphis submarkets, which, i believe are at least 7 in number. of course, these do not constitute a complete core, which would be found in a downtown designation, nor does it meet the definition of the city proper.

the same is true regarding the south metropolitan casino entertainment district. it is a defined area of several major buildings, and it has a definite skyline. gold strike is 31 stories, harrah's is several stories, as are others. again, however, this is metropolitan memphis, not memphis proper. consequently, memphis definitely has two identified "downtown" business cores. there are photos of these areas on CD and on several forums and under aerial photos memphis, collierville, etc. some of them are very extensive.
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