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Old 09-19-2017, 12:39 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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top ten metros. what would turn into their downtown areas if their current downtown didnt exist:

n.y.c. -> brooklyn
l.a. -> hollywood
chicago -> ?
dallas -> ?
houston -> ?
washington, d.c. -> georgetown
philadelphia -> south philly
miami -> south beach
atlanta -> buckhead
boston -> cambridge
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Old 09-19-2017, 12:50 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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top ten metros. what would turn into their downtown areas if their current downtown didnt exist:

n.y.c. -> brooklyn
l.a. -> hollywood
chicago -> ?
dallas -> ?
houston -> ?
washington, d.c. -> georgetown
philadelphia -> south philly
miami -> south beach
atlanta -> buckhead
boston -> cambridge

For D.C. the original diamond shape of the 100 sq mi city included Arlington and Alexandria, in which case I think clearly Rosslyn/Arlington would have been the primary downtown with more people living there. As it exists today, you already have this:

https://arlingtonva.s3.dualstack.us-...e-1024x573.jpg

https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/rele...-headquarters/

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Old 09-19-2017, 12:55 PM
 
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The only other place in Dallas that could function as a second Downtown would be Victory Park/Uptown, which is technically an extension of Downtown anyways. So I don't think that counts?

Other contenders in the city of Dallas includes:
*Preston Center -- needs to become more pedestrian friendly and connected via light rail
*Galleria/LBJ (new Midtown Development) -- see above

The suburbs have horrific office building sprawl, so I just can't see any of them becoming a true Downtown. The Legacy corridor so desperately needs light rail. Las Colinas is doable, but just too small.
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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top ten metros. what would turn into their downtown areas if their current downtown didnt exist:

n.y.c. -> brooklyn
l.a. -> hollywood
chicago -> ?
dallas -> ?
houston -> ?
washington, d.c. -> georgetown
philadelphia -> south philly
miami -> south beach
atlanta -> buckhead
boston -> cambridge
I think University City would likely turn into the Downtown for Philadelphia if Center City didn't exist... certainly over South Philly I'm sure.
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Downtown Chicago is where the river converges with the lake. The core of downtown Chicago and what once was the totality of the city's core is, of course, the Loop. The Loop is where the skyscraper was born because, like Manhattan, topography made land values in the Loop exceedingly high. The Loop is not an island like Manhattan but a peninsula, surrounded by Lake Michigan on one side and the Chicago.

I didn't throw all that info in gratuitiously but did soo to make a point:

It would be inconceivable for downtown Chicago to be anywhere but where it is now.

You want further proof: unlike some other cities, Chicago doesn't come close to an area that could be described as a second core.

Downtown Chicago, from North Ave to Cermack, from the lake to the United Center, is the Emerald City not just for all os Chicago but all of Chicagoland.

It's a total magnet and it couldn't exist any place other than where it is.
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:58 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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I think University City would likely turn into the Downtown for Philadelphia if Center City didn't exist... certainly over South Philly I'm sure.
repped, good one. i wish i could change the op -- for some reason i was thinking where the stadiums are.

now that i think of it for boston, if downtown crossing didnt exist then new downtown should be back-bay.
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Rochester
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New York City - Downtown Brooklyn
Los Angeles - Hollywood
Toronto - North York
Chicago - Near West Side?
Philadelphia- South Philly
Washington D.C. - Arlington
Seattle - Industrial District
Pittsburgh - Oakland
Ottawa - Gatineau
Detroit - Midtown
Buffalo - Elmwood Village
Richmond - Carytown
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Galewood
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Can't think of any area within Chicago that could double as a downtown. Probably a few suburban areas like Rosemont, Schaumburg, Oakbrook/Lombard/Downers
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Yeah, Chicagoland radiates from the core. There's a couple big spots like Oakbrook, Oak Park, Evanston, Naperville, Schamburge, etc, etc, But none are dominant over the other.

I guess the bay area is the same way with many poles.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:40 AM
 
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Sometimes I think people don't understand New York City at all.
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