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Old 12-03-2011, 12:35 AM
 
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Are there any central business districts of mid-size cities (metro area pop. of 250k to 750k) that essentially closed down after 5 or 6 PM on workdays ten years ago (and had few occupants on weekends), that now have a fairly large number of full-time residents?
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:09 AM
 
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Sacramento's downtown has been undergoing a major revival in the past ten years. Ten years ago, it was completely dead at night. Now it has a pretty decent night life and great restaurants everywhere.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Oakland is pretty much a textbook answer to your question.
There was a plan begun in the 1990s called the 10k Plan which was to bring 10,000 new residents downtown. It was pretty much successful, with many new bars/lounges, restaurants and art galleries filling what were once abandonded storefronts and condos replacing dilapidated city blocks.
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:02 AM
 
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Sacramento's downtown has been undergoing a major revival in the past ten years. Ten years ago, it was completely dead at night. Now it has a pretty decent night life and great restaurants everywhere.
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Oakland is pretty much a textbook answer to your question.
There was a plan begun in the 1990s called the 10k Plan which was to bring 10,000 new residents downtown. It was pretty much successful, with many new bars/lounges, restaurants and art galleries filling what were once abandonded storefronts and condos replacing dilapidated city blocks.
Neither one of these fits into the size criteria...not even remotely close.


As for the OP...I would say Knoxville would be a good example. I wouldn't call it "lively"...but there is definitely a lot more activity downtown than there was 10-15 years ago.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:45 AM
 
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Durham, NC would be a good example perhaps.

Durham Dining - Pies, Panini and Barbecue - NYTimes.com
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Neither one of these fits into the size criteria...not even remotely close.


As for the OP...I would say Knoxville would be a good example. I wouldn't call it "lively"...but there is definitely a lot more activity downtown than there was 10-15 years ago.
Yeah, I misread the metro pop as city pop. Still, many other people on here insist Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Louisville to be "mid-size", so I suppose it is subjective.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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Yeah, I misread the metro pop as city pop. Still, many other people on here insist Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Louisville to be "mid-size", so I suppose it is subjective.
Yeah, one man's "mid-sized" city is another man's "major" city. Depends on perspective, I guess.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Baton Rouge, MSA 800k, used to be DEAD all times of the day minus some government workers. Now its becoming a place where people go to hangout, go after LSU games, live, work, and play. There are numerous galleries and museums, 3 casinos, a new Towne Square, etc...

One of my favorite buildings:

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Type of living now available:


Photos of 232 THIRD ST 302, Baton Rouge, LA - Home For Sale - $595000 - HomeGain


http://www.businessreport.com/photos/galleries/2009/aug/10/urban-life/513/ (broken link)


https://www.1012corridor.com/news/20...an-life-rlet1/
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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Downtown Baton Rouge looks impressive. Any others?
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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This is an interesting thread

Maybe on the small side of mid Charleston WV seems to get better all the time

Love smaller places with vibrance; need to check more of these places out
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