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Old 10-09-2018, 09:36 AM
 
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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, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Boston?
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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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"
Based on your definition of "complete employment, retail and commercial center with very good housing and tourism base," I'd definitely add these cities onto the list

*Boston
*Washington DC
*Los Angeles

Should be on the list in 10 years:
*Miami
*Atlanta
*Dallas
*Houston
*Portland
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:57 AM
 
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This is going to devolve into one of those conversations where we insist that one city’s “downtown” is a quarter of its land area, while limiting some other city’s downtown to five square blocks.

Anyway, Boston and Miami are glaring omissions from the original post. Probably Atlanta, too.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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New Orleans might want to be considered?
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:29 AM
 
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Actually, Milwaukee has a fully functioning downtown. Lots of new construction, condos and apartments, AND tourists, as downtown is on Lake Michigan. It's always bustling. I guess retail leaves something to be desired, but if you count Milwaukee's Third Ward, retail is taken care of. You probably could count it, as the two adjoin.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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Yeah, right. Only five. Nice.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:37 AM
 
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This is going to devolve into one of those conversations where we insist that one city’s “downtown” is a quarter of its land area, while limiting some other city’s downtown to five square blocks.

Anyway, Boston and Miami are glaring omissions from the original post. Probably Atlanta, too.
You can always count on there being a semantics debate in these downtown threads lol.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:42 AM
 
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Boston?
And DC are both a tier above Seattle.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:44 AM
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There are smaller towns and cities that fulfill the stated criteria as well.
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