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Old 03-26-2013, 11:39 PM
 
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Madison feels like a bigger city than it really is, yet it's still very clean at the same time.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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Omaha has a fast growing downtown population. There has to have been 5000+ condo and apartment units built in the last ten years. Currently there is well over a thousand new units proposed in the last year, some already under construction. There are stores and resteraunts opening up all the time down there.

TDAmeritrade Park a 25k capacity baseball park, 38k potential, where the big CWS party goes on for 10+ days, and I mean a party.

Centurylink Center pulls in huge events like USA swim trials, NCAA tournaments, amateur sports tournaments, American Idol/Xfactor, Big time concerts (Gaga, Swift) etc.

Saddle Creek Records complex and several of the most world renown music venues like the slowdown and Sokol underground. Several outdoor amphitheaters which hosts free concerts, music festivals, Shakespeare sessions, jazz festivals 3 top rated festivals that are not music related.

Mannheim Steamroller based here, One of the top Symphonies, a top notch performing arts center which is always loaded with touring acts like cirque du solei (which has an office here), comedy acts, other traveling shows etc.

Two division 1 universities, one of which is a big east school school and a top academic school in Creighton University while another (Nebraska-Omaha) is emerging in the Pioneer league. Most of their games are played in downtown.

Old market which has recently expanded and is well known. Foot traffic in downtown Omaha is awesome to see these days. Big, very nice downtown parks with great views. And the renovations are pushing more and more westward. Soon, no-one will know where downtown ends and midtown begins.

Arts are big here. World class Bemis center, huge joslyn art museum, bronze statues of native animals and native settlers can be seen all over. A grand pedestrian bridge which connects Omahas extensive walking/biking trails with council bluffs which in turn is surrounded by music venues, nearby casinos and the huge proposals for mixed use high end development.

There has been and still is major construction all over our downtown and outlying areas. There is going to be a new $300,000,000 multiuse project breaking ground soon and a $200,000,000 mixed use project proposed. There has been well over $3,000,000,000 in construction since 2000.

Omahas downtown has visitors from city governments from all over to try to replicate our accomplishments and public-private sector partnerships. Omaha has more going for it than any of you really realize and is vastly underrated.

That said, des Moines is pretty good, Madison is excellent and Lincoln's downtown is under a billion dollar renaissance of its own.

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Old 07-05-2013, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Madison looks good on the numbers too. It's got 198,000 people living within 5 miles of the city center, an unusually high number in a metro area that small. It's got strong public transit use, a good indicator that people are coming through the downtown. Between the state government and the university there's a good jobs base. And it's gorgeous.
You also need to consider the fact that a good portion of those 5 miles is taken up by lakes. Madison is quite dense considering the size of the city.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Columbus,Georgia
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Downtown Columbus ,Ga on the weekends.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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Knoxville TN deserves to be on the list. It started 10 or so years ago when the building codes were tweaked to make it easier to create lofts downtown. It helps that parking is free at night/ on weekends. So even if they don't live downtown people come for the restaurants & theaters.

It's a huge difference from 20 years ago.
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