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Old 12-03-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Possibly Greenville, SC. I've never been downtown but it makes alot of the lists.
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:33 PM
 
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Syracuse is in that it is more vibrant category. Not where it could be, but it is improving: Downtown Syracuse
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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Possibly Greenville, SC. I've never been downtown but it makes alot of the lists.
It wasn't exactly "dead" a decade ago, but there's definitely a heck of a lot more downtown now than there was then, including people.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: McKeesport
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Downtown Pittsburgh used to close down after 5pm, but thanks to a lively theater district and more downtown loft and apartment conversions, that is no longer the case.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:15 PM
 
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Providence RI, and soon Fall River once they get their Casino (hopefully)
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:48 PM
 
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So, from this list:

Good:
Greenville, SC
Baton Rouge, LA

Improving:
Syracuse, NY
Knoxville, TN

I appreciate the others listed on this thread, but the MSA's are bigger than what I was after. It seems to be more difficult to improve a downtown in the primary city in a mid-size MSA than one in a larger one, since the latter would have more potential visitors to draw from.

I did like what I saw in Downtown Sioux Falls, SD. Hopefully more examples of all types of revitalization will surface in the future.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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Raleigh, NC
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Raleigh, NC
Too large.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:08 PM
 
Location: KC Area
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Kansas City was terrible 10 years ago. Literally a dead, lifeless, wasteland. We then got the Sprint Center, the third busiest arena in the United States. The Power and Light District, the premiere nightlife area in the city. The College Basketball Experience and Hall of Fame, for any basketball fan, this is heaven. A new performing arts center, which if it would have been located in New York or Chicago or LA, would be a national symbol. Similar, in my opinion, to the Sydney Opera House. And I think we added around 5,000 new residents. It was a great makeover.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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Too large.
Its Metro is only 1.2 million, and the city exploded in population over the last few years but its still a mid-sized city.
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