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Old 10-14-2011, 10:20 PM
 
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Meaning some tall buildings like 5 or 6 floors or higher not a downtown that is 1 block long.

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Billings - built that way to give protection from the wind, especially in winter. Great Falls and Missoula tried to emulate but with lesser success.

All in good fun, and 30 years in Missoula before moving on.
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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I'm ashamed to say that I've never eaten at The Peking in Butte. Just haven't gotten around to it, though I've seen it while walking uptown Butte. Is it a good restaurant? I usually eat at The Uptown Cafe.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:09 PM
 
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Billings for sure, Missoula is several blocks as well. Bozeman's is one street about 8 blocks long. Helena has an urban-ish look but is a very conservative, roll-up the streets at 9 kind of town. Butte has a really cool historic uptown with some amazing architecture, but half the buildings are abandoned and there are some rough characters walking around.

You will find that even in smaller towns, there is a lot going on downtown simply because the isolation demands it. There aren't suburbs or major commercial districts close by in many cases, so the small towns have to provide their own commerce.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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One of the nice things about most Montana downtowns is that there AREN'T a lot of tall buildings that block the views. When I visit Spokane and go to the downtown area, I feel like I've been buried in a dark tomb of concrete. **shudder**
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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One of the nice things about most Montana downtowns is that there AREN'T a lot of tall buildings that block the views. When I visit Spokane and go to the downtown area, I feel like I've been buried in a dark tomb of concrete. **shudder**
Funny you should mention that... a while back I wrote something where I dumped my main character in downtown Denver, and that was one of the things he hated about it.
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Billings - built that way to give protection from the wind, especially in winter. Great Falls and Missoula tried to emulate but with lesser success.
And here I thought downtown Great Falls was designed as a wind tunnel

Maybe that's why the Civic Center is where it is... a windblock for Central Avenue.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:14 PM
 
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In Montana, the size of the downtown is controlled by the size of the town. Billings, is the main shopping business hub for the largest draw area in the United States. Billings is the major medical center for 4 states and part of Canada. The two medical system, owns 1 helicopter and 3 multi engine airplanes, to use to move critical patients. The helicopter goes only 150 miles from Billings and the planes take over for longer hauls bringing in patients to this major medical system from a lot of small hospitals, and emergencies throughout the 4 states and southern Canada. They are constantly adding a major addition to the hospitals covering about any specialty you can think of.

Downtown Billings is getting better and better all the time, with rarely a vacant building unless it is being renovated. They are constantly building more shopping centers, to handle the demand. They are not closing shopping centers as in much of the country but building new ones. Only once in a while, do you see a major store closing and that is when they are part of a chain that is going out of business.

Billings has about a 5% unemployment rate, which is much less than the national rate. Homes are not depreciating here, and are still selling for what they did 5 years ago or higher, with estimates while much of the country will see price declines over the next 2 years to appreciate about 10% here. Our home is a 3700 square foot custom 4 level contemporary (no basement) on 5 rail fenced acres with metal barn and stables, across the street from city limits. It cost $300,000 just 5 years ago, and is estimated to be worth $340,000 today a good example of our market. Put this in the Silicon Valley of California where we used to live, and it would be about $1,500,000 to $2,000,000 or higher depending on where it was located in the valley.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:31 PM
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Billings for sure, Missoula is several blocks as well. Bozeman's is one street about 8 blocks long. Helena has an urban-ish look but is a very conservative, roll-up the streets at 9 kind of town. Butte has a really cool historic uptown with some amazing architecture, but half the buildings are abandoned and there are some rough characters walking around.

You will find that even in smaller towns, there is a lot going on downtown simply because the isolation demands it. There aren't suburbs or major commercial districts close by in many cases, so the small towns have to provide their own commerce.
Billings for sure if you are talking a few tall buildings, but it is deserted compared to Bozeman's DT. One way to measure a downtown's vibrancy is to try and find parking-easy in Billings, hard in Bozeman.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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i was in billings recently and i thought they added some brilliant new additions and were cleaning the town up.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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especially with that street cover sculpture....makes for a denser feel.
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