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Old 06-19-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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So here's a question. Looking at some of the major suburban centers in Maryland which one matches up as having the most vibrant downtown. Is there a particular 'downtown' that your find more appealing than another in terms of cultural ammenities, dining, shopping, night-life, educational and cultural institutions?

Some of the obvious choices are Silver Spring, Bethesda, Frederick, Rockville, and Towson. I'm curious to hear your opinion...
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:04 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Looking at some of the major suburban centers in Maryland
which one matches up as having the most vibrant downtown.
Some of the obvious choices are Silver Spring, Bethesda, Frederick, Rockville, and Towson.
I'm curious to hear your opinion...
I don't consider these 3 block areas, the strips with offices, shops, courthouse, etc)
to be any sort of "downtown". They're just the oldest "suburban centers" of their counties.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:25 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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Maryland generally doesn't have much in the way of suburban downtowns, but of the ones you listed, Frederick offers a fair amount in terms of amenities, dining, etc.

Most people are gaga over Annapolis, but I don't think there is that much to its historic downtown and walkable areas. I would think Annapolis is much more enjoyable if you have a boat.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:17 AM
 
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I wouldn't call Frederick or Annapolis "suburban" downtowns. They are their own cities.

For a suburban downtown, Rockville's is still to small, Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Towson are really the only good examples. I think Bethesda's would be my favorite of the 3.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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Bethesda appears to be the most vibrant, with the greatest number of shopping and restaurants within a relativley small area. Certainly, I believe Bethesda has a nicer downtown than many other larger cities. However, Towson appears to be up and coming with some big plans by the county executive. Towson also has a large college and mall adjacent to its downtown. Downtown Silver Spring has gotten nicer over the years, and has a neat little pedestrian mall with easy access to the metro. The Discovery Channel Headquarters in downtown Silver Spring adds a nice corporate touch to the area as well.

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Old 06-20-2013, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Canton, Baltimore
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My vote goes to Annapolis, but that could be my bias kicking in since I grew up 10 minutes from Annapolis and have been there more than any of the other candidates mentioned.

By the way, does Hagerstown have a "downtown"? I've driven past the city before and I'm sure I've stopped by randomly, but I can't recall ever seeing a downtown area like what Frederick (or any other city that's been mentioned) has
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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My vote goes to Annapolis, but that could be my bias kicking in since I grew up 10 minutes from Annapolis and have been there more than any of the other candidates mentioned.

By the way, does Hagerstown have a "downtown"? I've driven past the city before and I'm sure I've stopped by randomly, but I can't recall ever seeing a downtown area like what Frederick (or any other city that's been mentioned) has
There is a sizeable downtown in Hagerstown, bigger than Frederick's as Hagerstown was more populous than their Eastern counterpart for most of their histories. Drive through town on Rt. 40 if you want to see it. I am not sure what is there though other than municipal and county offices and a UM branch campus.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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There is a sizeable downtown in Hagerstown, bigger than Frederick's as Hagerstown was more populous than their Eastern counterpart for most of their histories. Drive through town on Rt. 40 if you want to see it. I am not sure what is there though other than municipal and county offices and a UM branch campus.

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Old 06-23-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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[b]Bethesda, and Downtown Silver Spring..........are my Top 2
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Bethesda, and Downtown Silver Spring..........are my Top 2
I've got a six pack of Natty Boh here
that says you either grew up near there or live near there now
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