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Old 07-01-2015, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I agree that this should be moved to the Arizona forum. Perhaps the OP doesn't realize that Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the U.S. Its "downtown," has much more in common with Los Angeles than any other American "town." Of course it has the things he's asking about (coffee shops, post office, library, and public transportation can all be found on Central Ave.) but many people walk to them from their condos in high-rise buildings.

I'm surprised to see that no one has mentioned Tucson. There's a downtown here, too. I was there on Saturday night and the sidewalks were teeming with people walking from Pizzeria Bianco or the Playground Bar and Lounge across the street to get ice cream cones and then to a music performance at the Hotel Congress's outdoor performance space. All the while dodging the new trolley that many Tucsonans will insist is "charming." The USPS is in the 100 block of S. 6th and the public library is in the 100 block of Stone, just a quick walk apart. I'd hesitate to guess how many coffee shops one would encounter on the trip, the university being such an influence on downtown. The only thing students need more than beer is coffee. As for gift shops, I highly recommend the newly restored, historic Wig-O-Rama. Not every city has one of those.
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Old 07-04-2015, 04:18 AM
 
Location: Uptown Phoenix, AZ
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I second the Tucson suggestion. I love the downtown area here.
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:43 AM
 
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You can live on the streetcar line in Tucson and get everywhere downtown and to the University of Arizona, which is a big asset. It's a community on its own. Also Sun Tran public transit is very good; it's regularly in national top lists for actually getting people to their places of work. You could live in any number of neighborhoods around downtown and the university and never lack for entertainment or services. Tucson was founded in 1775 and has the Presidio district downtown which is rich with history.

Probably nowhere in Arizona could you live without a car, though. You will want one to grocery shop -- and in Tucson you would definitely want to drive to the many gorgeous natural locations that are in fact in town, like Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain Park, Sabino Canyon and other canyons in the Catalina Mountains bordering Tucson on the north -- which mountain range is easy to explore by a drive to the top of Mount Lemmon (almost 10,000 feet) via the Catalina Highway. Views of the city from there are amazing. Tucson is a very bicycle friendly place, as well, and has a loop all around the city.
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:23 AM
 
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I'm not exactly sure what you're asking OP.

Gilbert feels pretty Midwest/Southern. Phoenix has our biggest downtown but it's not very pedestrian friendly. Tempe has a very urban feel to it, but it's mainly geared towards a younger crowd. Glendale has a neat downtown, but you'll need a car as the area around it is not nice.

Tucson has a great feel to its downtown. If you live near UA you can ride the streetcar into 'Town' which is very walkable and as the above. But Tucson will not remind you of the Midwest, tucson has some great historical areas too. The University is also very walkable. There is also the A Mountain/Mercado district which is very artsy. I personally love the Artisan District and the area directly south of Downtown.

My only knock on downtown Tucson as I worked in the area for 3 years is that there is an excessive amount of homelessness. They seem to be primarily in the area by El Presidio Park and De Agosto Park by the Unisource Tower. They're also very organized, who can forget the dream pods? This is a price to pay for living in an ideal climate but in a town with a very small tax base.

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Old 07-07-2015, 03:51 PM
 
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The towns/cities that I have been to Arizona with the most traditional downtowns are Flagstaff, Holbrook, Winslow, Williams, Kingman, Havasu, Yuma, Sedona, Cottonwood, Prescott, St. Johns, Globe, Nogales, Douglas, Bisbee, Tucson, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Wickenburg, Tolleson, Avondale/Goodyear, and Buckeye.

Unfortunately, ADOT has widened many main thoroughfares through towns and cities to the detriment of their downtowns. Instead of building bypasses or not increasing road capacity, ADOT has selected to make many former main streets these five lane highways. I moved here from Colorado where each little town and city has its own generally nice downtown that basically looks the same as it did 50 years ago.

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Old 07-07-2015, 07:32 PM
 
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Safford has a very distinct Midwestern feel....and the recent improvements to the Main street make it even better.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
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Absolutely! There are several all over Arizona!

Depending on where I am, whenever I decide to leave my lean-to & campfire out there in any particular desert arroyo, I can either walk in or ride ol' Dobbin into any downtown I want!

I load up with whatever supplies I need, then mosey on back home. It's one of the highlights of my existence.
"you must spread some more reputation around before you give it to Colt Cassidy again"

Otherwise I also think Safford, Globe, maybe even Show Low or Payson. Not sure if any of the above have Starbucks and/or train stations though. Hmmm, maybe even Tombstone, it might have at least an old train station, lol.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ and Redwood City, CA
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Would love to know if there are towns in Arizona like there are in the midwest and other parts of the country. In other words, my family can walk 'into town' to the library, Starbucks, bakery, gift shops, train station, etc. It would be nice to relocate to an area that has this type of feel to it. Thanks for info.
You know, it's funny. Other people are talking about Phoenix and Tucson but the first place I thought of was Bisbee.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Bisbee is just plain old-school cool. From the Copper Queen Hotel (which locals claim is haunted - a woman walks around on the top floor and looks out the window...they know who it is and what the story is - it's a well-known story, but her ghost is said to haunt the Copper Queen Hotel) to Brewery Gulch and live entertainment there to the Stock Market Saloon and it's shuffleboard and actual stock market watch there that, if it isn't the original chalkboard for updating the stock market they've made an incredible re-enactment.

Bisbee was said to be the biggest city between San Francisco and St.Louis for a while back in the olden days. Drive up the hills and see how they've built these old homes into the rockery. Their driveways are in many cases little bridges out by the road as they have to pass over the ditches that are ever-so important during the yearly monsoon season.

Bisbee is on my list of possible retirement spots. Or Tombstone. Or even Sierra Vista. But the downtown in Arizona that I like the most is Bisbee's downtown. Phoenix's downtown is a true downtown but I prefer the cozier nature of Tucson's downtown. We lived in Willcox for almost 4 years and even that little town has it's own distinct old-school downtown that is still in use. Benson's downtown is the main street running east and west and is very commercial with less built-in character to it than many of the others.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:48 AM
 
Location: AriZona
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"you must spread some more reputation around before you give it to Colt Cassidy again"
Otherwise I also think Safford, Globe, maybe even Show Low or Payson. Not sure if any of the above have Starbucks and/or train stations though. Hmmm, maybe even Tombstone, it might have at least an old train station, lol.
Earp, this is an invite to you and yer brothers to meet us cowboys down in Tombstone over by the OK Corral. We've got our reputation to uphold. Make it about high noon.

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