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Old 04-19-2008, 08:05 PM
 
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i love these ppl that bring up really old threads. there awesome, keep it up! heres some good downtown pics of Columbus Indiana with 40,000 population..




http://www.ouraaa.com/traveler/images/magazine/4v20a.gif (broken link)






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Old 04-19-2008, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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I like Pella, Iowa. We're talking about 10,000 people here but they have a very cool small downtown. Pretty much everyone there is of Dutch origin and all the architecture reflects it. They have codes that require all buildings downtown must fit the Dutch motif. Theres a canal, windmills and tulips all over too. Even the chain restaurants look Dutch. I think this is the only town where Wal-Mart failed due to local competition as well.

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Old 04-20-2008, 12:01 AM
 
Location: outer boroughs, NYC
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some good ones....

Flagstaff, AZ
San Luis Obispo, CA
Harrisburg, PA
Red Bank, NJ
Cold Spring, NY
Ithaca, NY
Doylestown, PA
Harrisonburg, VA
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:31 AM
 
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I like Pella, Iowa. We're talking about 10,000 people here but they have a very cool small downtown. Pretty much everyone there is of Dutch origin and all the architecture reflects it. They have codes that require all buildings downtown must fit the Dutch motif. Theres a canal, windmills and tulips all over too. Even the chain restaurants look Dutch. I think this is the only town where Wal-Mart failed due to local competition as well.

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Love those Pictures El Rhino!! especially the windmills, that town would be something to see someday.
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:38 AM
 
Location: moving again
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^ Yea! That town looks Great! Defiantly the best looking place ive ever seen in Iowa!! I want to check it out someday! thanks for that el rhino
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Old 04-24-2008, 01:11 PM
 
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I have a few shots of some old brownstones from near downtown Duluth and the Fitgers Brewery Complex. The day was kinda crappy when I wa sout taking some photos, so I didn't get any good shots of the highrises.

Small City Downtowns-img00064.jpg laker in distance

Small City Downtowns-img00065.jpgHarbor and Lift bridge on hazy day

Small City Downtowns-img00067.jpgbrownstones near one of the hospitals

Small City Downtowns-img00068.jpgFitgers Brewery Comlex

Small City Downtowns-img00069.jpg brownstone row houses near downtown
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:52 PM
 
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I second Duluth, MN -- as soon as I saw this thread, Duluth popped into my mind. One of the most underrated cities in the country.

If you're talking cities within a metro, I nominate Glendale, CA -- but since it's part of the 20-million metro area of Southern California, it's a little off topic. But a great downtown -- great shopping, impressive architecture, good bars and restaurants.

Most impressive smaller downtowns are in the Midwest or Northeast -- a few in the South as well. Western cities, being newer, tend to eschew downtowns (see Temecula, California).

Very, very small -- but the downtown of Auburn, Alabama is quaint.

Any college town, for that matter, has areas with character -- Manhattan, Kansas also comes to mind.

If Madison's considered small, then it is one of the best.

La Crosse, Wisconsin is another downtown that totally stunned me -- I expected very little, but it was very active, energetic, and vibrant. One of the best truly small downtown.
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:34 PM
 
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Des Moines, Iowa with a population of about 194,000 and a metro area of about 600,000 has a really good skyline for a city its size.

It has eight buildngs over 300 feet tall, and the tallest building is 630 feet tall.

Comprare that to Lincoln, Nebraska, (population about 241,000) who's state capitol is the only building taller than 170 feet.

Compare that to Madison, Wisconsin, (population about 225,000) whose tallest building is about 240 feet, and is the only building over 180 feet.
Yes, Des Moines has a taller skyline, but it's downtown is no comparison when held up next to Madison. People actually walk along the sidewalks in Madison, pretty much day & night. Lots more activity than Des Moines.
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:36 PM
 
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i love these ppl that bring up really old threads. there awesome, keep it up! heres some good downtown pics of Columbus Indiana with 40,000 population..




http://www.ouraaa.com/traveler/images/magazine/4v20a.gif (broken link)






Nice pix, but none of them say "downtown" to me.
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Here is a few of Little Rock, AR.

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/804/opeingskylineyd1.jpg (broken link)

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