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Old 11-05-2011, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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You're not impressed? I guess all you guys look at are a bunch of 70-80 story towers. San Jose loses out on this.
No, Seattle has its own culture going for it. I'm not going to give a downtown that has no skyline a top pick. Bottom line. And I won't just give a downtown with a skyline and no culture a top pick either. All the ones I selected have very vibrant culture. San Jose is for all intents and purposes a suburb of San Francisco.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:04 AM
 
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While not so impressive with skyscrapers, IMO downtown Fort Worth is one of the most charming, clean, safe, and liveable downtown districts in the country. It includes many options for dining, shopping, and entertainment, and has numerous parades, festivals, and other community events throughout the year.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Yeah but, I don't care about seeing another list of the biggest downtowns in the US once again on CityData... There's about 5 million threads arguing if Boston or San Francisco has the 3rd, 4th, or 5th best downtown or if Houston or Philadephia is the 5th most important ciy and so on. It's been done to death. I understood New York was the densest and most urban center in the US when I was five years old just from watching television, years before I'd actually go there. People rank cities on here like it's a junior high pissing contest.

The fact that Greenville, South Carolina even has a decent downtown(if it actually does) is actually more interesting to me at this point. I don't really believe it's among what I'd find to be the top 10 downtowns in the country--but it's just a list.
I agree, if the topic is "10 interesting downtowns that fly bellow the radar." If it is 10 best, I think realistically, we need to think about the biggest cities in the country. Greenville isn't one of them. But I do agree that there are lots of really cool smaller cities with great downtowns. One of my favorites is Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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I don't mean to dis southern California, but downtown Santa Monica is more like an outdoor shopping mall than a proper downtown, and downtown L.A. is extremely dirty and difficult to get around.

How does one define "downtown New York City"? Is it all of Lower Manhattan?
All of Manhattan...where the skyscrapers start and where they end is what i'd consider downtown.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Downtown New York is not all of Manhattan, not by a long shot. It's quite litterally, down at the lower end of the island (as opposed to uptown, which is heading up toward the Northern end). I'm not sure where others would cut it off, but probably only bellow the 20s would be downtown.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Downtown New York is not all of Manhattan, not by a long shot. It's quite litterally, down at the lower end of the island (as opposed to uptown, which is heading up toward the Northern end). I'm not sure where others would cut it off, but probably only bellow the 20s would be downtown.
Then I guess I'd have to say it has two downtowns, both of which individually are very impressive. Once the World Trade Center complex is finished at least, Lower Manhattan will regain its impressive skyline status. New York is really its own animal entirely. And as far as culture goes, New York easily has one of the richest and most sophisticated in the U.S.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: The City
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Downtown New York is not all of Manhattan, not by a long shot. It's quite litterally, down at the lower end of the island (as opposed to uptown, which is heading up toward the Northern end). I'm not sure where others would cut it off, but probably only bellow the 20s would be downtown.

I always thought of DT Manhattan as below Houston (Pronounced House ton)
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Boston
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I always thought of DT Manhattan as below Houston (Pronounced House ton)
That works. I don't have a clearly defined border in my mind. Basically I'm thinking that by the time you get to Little Italy, So/Ho, Greenwich, etc., you are no longer Downtown.

One issue in discussions like this is how to define the term in cities with multiple CBDs, New York being an excellent example. Most top-tier cities have numerous CBDs, each of which might seem to be a "downtown" in a second tier city, but wouldn't necessarily be thought of as such by locals. I wouldn't consider Longwood, Back Bay, or Kendal to be downtown, but each of them is a significant business district in its own right, that might easily look like a downtown area to a visitor.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:31 PM
 
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