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Old 12-19-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong etc. etc.

World class cities around the world have very vibrant downtown's. What is the single most important factor holding back your city.

I know for Washington D.C., it is congress and the Heights of Buildings Act of 1910 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is impossible to create a CBD that is vibrant with height restrictions and wide streets. Cities like Paris have a few avenues that are wide, but most of the city is built with small streets. You either have skyscrapers with wide streets like Midtown NYC or you have lowrise buildings with narrow streets like Paris. You can't have both and expect to be vibrant.

What about your city in America? Is it the design? Is it the construction style?
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:03 PM
 
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Might it be with Paris the size of the average apartment instead of the streets?
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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I think Philadelphia has nothing holding its downtown back. It's world class. Same with Brooklyn
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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Fall River, Massachusetts:

Interstate 195.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:37 PM
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I think Philadelphia has nothing holding its downtown back. It's world class. Same with Brooklyn
Denver, too. (LOL!)
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:01 PM
 
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What the heck is holding back downtown Washington? What is the office vacancy rate there, about 1% or so? How is business end of the nation's capitol not "world class?"

While the height limit is a little silly, it is not "holding back" downtown DC.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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I think Philadelphia has nothing holding its downtown back. It's world class. Same with Brooklyn
Nothing is holding Philadelphia back any longer. The cities leadership held us back for a long time, but progressive minded people are finally outnumbering the NIMBYs. That's not to say city counsel isn't doing their damnedest to prevent Philly from regaining its world class status.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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St.Louis is not nearly as large as it should be. We have 3 major business districts in our metro, clayton (a suburb), Westport (CBD of another suburb) and st.louis. If all of those CBD's were combined in downtown st.louis, we would have a much larger downtown. Although it still would not be a world class downtown but it would definitely be in the top 10 in the country.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:25 PM
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What the heck is holding back downtown Washington? What is the office vacancy rate there, about 1% or so? How is business end of the nation's capitol not "world class?"

While the height limit is a little silly, it is not "holding back" downtown DC.
Other than New York City and (either tied or a small margin) Chicago, DC has the highest percent of its office jobs downtown. Low office space vacancy suggests not enough office space, though. Other things, like shopping might be a negative for DC. Let's take a look at look at its shopping sales:

District of Columbia QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau

DC (per capita income $44k / year, median income $62k / year). Per capita retail sales: $6,600. Almost half the national average. Either DC residents are really frugal or they shop elsewhere. Also, visitors might shop much in the city.

San Francisco (per capita income $47k /year, median income $73k / year). Looks well off like DC. What's the per capita retail sales?

$15,500 / year. A bit above the state average, not surprising since it's wealthier than the state average. So residents and possibly shop in the city, probably a lot downtown.

And then there's Manhattan (per capita income $61k / year, median income $67k / year). Retail sales: $23,900 nearly double the national average. Not just rich locals, but people from the rest of the city and suburbs coming to shop as well as hordes of tourists. 43% of restaurant and accommodation sales of NY state are in Manhattan (holding 8% of the population).
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Nothing; it's already there.

Other parts of town could sure use some help though.
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