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Old 10-09-2018, 10:48 AM
 
Location: The City
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There is a Census article that discusses fully functioning downtowns in the US, they made the assertion there are only 5 (NYC, Philly, Chicago, Boston and DC I believe) Not sure why SF was left off


https://www.census.gov/library/publi...2010sr-01.html
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:56 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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U.S. has 5 fully functioning downtowns: 1. NY 2. Chicago 3. SF 4. Philly 5. Seattle

Fully functional downtowns are complete employment, retail and commercial center with very good housing and tourism base.

Rest of U.S. downtowns are just up and coming or moribund. This is strictly from being totally activated and being a true "Center"
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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Topper.. You're a wild card.

Lived and worked in both- Boston's downtown offers more than Seattle. Not even close. Then, tie in the fact that you can walk over the bridges to Cambridge, and the delta grows. On some fronts, Cambridge is actually more integrated/accessible to Boston than Capitol Hill is with downtown Seattle. Certainly more than Bellevue, but that's a whole separate story.

Same should be said for DC.
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Metrowest Boston
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Boston?
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:06 PM
 
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Boston yes. DC not really. It's a great urban core but most of the destination retail is in Georgetown.

LA not a chance. It lacks tourism and retail.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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There is a Census article that discusses fully functioning downtowns in the US, they made the assertion there are only 5 (NYC, Philly, Chicago, Boston and DC I believe) Not sure why SF was left off


https://www.census.gov/library/publi...2010sr-01.html
I donít see the article in that link.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Boston yes. DC not really. It's a great urban core but most of the destination retail is in Georgetown.

LA not a chance. It lacks tourism and retail.
Isnít DTLA a significant retail destination?
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:46 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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Boston yes. DC not really. It's a great urban core but most of the destination retail is in Georgetown.

LA not a chance. It lacks tourism and retail.
Downtown DC has more high end retail than 6/8 of "downtowns" in this country, in 2018.

You can check the Yelp reviews for yourself:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/citycenterd...pping+downtown
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:59 PM
 
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Downtown DC has more high end retail than 6/8 of "downtowns" in this country, in 2018.

You can check the Yelp reviews for yourself:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/citycenterd...pping+downtown
You know, most if this is new, in the last 2-3 years. I visit DC pretty frequently, and even I harbored old views about downtown retail. Itís going to take a while for the word to get out.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:34 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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You know, most if this is new, in the last 2-3 years. I visit DC pretty frequently, and even I harbored old views about downtown retail. Itís going to take a while for the word to get out.
That's fine, and there are actually more phases filling in. There are a number of retail projects outside of City Center development that have opened the past 4 years also.
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