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Old 11-06-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: North Caroline
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Which cities in the South (let's say 200k+ in pop.) do you think have the most lively and happening downtown areas for their size today? How do the three big Southeastern cities of Atlanta, Charlotte, and Nashville compare? What about more mid-sized ones like Birmingham or Winston-Salem?
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Which cities in the South (let's say 200k+ in pop.) do you think have the most lively and happening downtown areas for their size today? How do the three big Southeastern cities of Atlanta, Charlotte, and Nashville compare? What about more mid-sized ones like Birmingham or Winston-Salem?


Atlanta Is too big to compare to the other cities.


Nashville/New Orleans - For Tourism/Parties. I can't speak on their


Charlotte - For actual residents. (Mass transit, grocery stores, stadiums, dog parks, multiple large parks sports, Aquatic center, Greenways, etc.)


Austin (with Charlotte) - For actual Residents




Really, New Orleans, Nashville, Austin and Charlotte are a variety of vibrant downtowns for different reasons. Neither is like the other. 2 are more arguably tourist destinations so the national perception is they might be more vibrant.




For the smaller cities, I would say Charleston or Greensville, SC. Greensville SC actually gets lots of accolades for its vibrant downtown.
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:34 PM
 
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Maybe it's because I didn't go during Mardi Gras, but I wasn't really impressed with downtown New Orleans (is that the same thing as French Quarter?). That's where I was anyway. It seemed pretty dirty and downright shady in some spots lol. And that humidity is unlike anything else I've ever experienced.
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:37 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Of the Southern cities that I've visited.

Atlanta
Baltimore
DC
Miami
Raleigh is trying to kinda get there.
Richmond
Columbia SC
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Maybe it's because I didn't go during Mardi Gras, but I wasn't really impressed with downtown New Orleans (is that the same thing as French Quarter?). That's where I was anyway. It seemed pretty dirty and downright shady in some spots lol. And that humidity is unlike anything else I've ever experienced.
Downtown and the French Quarter are the same but downtown and the central business district are technically separate neighborhoods.
You shouldn't go during Mardi Gras, if you thought it was dirty then, Mardi Gras is 1000x worse.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If you want to see vibrant compared to population size, go to Greenville, SC.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:18 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Best mid-sized downtowns I've seen:

Greenville, SC
Nashville, TN
Charlotte, NC
Charleston, SC
Savannah, GA
Orlando, FL
Sarasota, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Chattanooga, TN
Asheville, NC
Columbia, SC

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Old 11-06-2018, 10:57 PM
 
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If you want to see vibrant compared to population size, go to Greenville, SC.
True, but that 65K city population statistic is seriously misleading. The city simply hasn't focused much on residentialannexation (which can only occur by consent of property owners in SC) at all.
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Chattanooga, TN has a great downtown and river area.
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:25 PM
 
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if 200,000 is the lower limit for the population that actually lives within the city limits...there are few choices.
if the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (or the newer CBSA) is used, then choices are multitudinous.
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