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Old 04-25-2008, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Floyd County, IN
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Lawrence, KS comes to mind. 85,000 people in the city with a solid Downtown.
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Old 04-26-2008, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Southern Maine, Greater Portland
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Portland Maine is a great small city. Old cobblestone side streets with unique shops and several great places to eat in the Old Port area district. The strip on the waterfront is a fun place to go in the summertime, take a ferry ride to one of the islands. Low crime, and a variety of things to do. Great art district and various culture events. Lots of Seafood.
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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Default Nice Downtowns

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Which small U.S. cities (metro population less than 250,000) have nice, well-developed downtown areas? Which ones need work?
Check out Willoughby, Ohio. It's about 20 miles east of Cleveland. It's an old small town, rather quaint, has upscale eateries, 2 coffee houses. Stroll through the park during summer and see the well-tended flower gardens and a big cannon from either War of 1812 or Civil War.
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:15 AM
 
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ligonier, pa has a small, but very nice downtown area
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:19 PM
 
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Madison Indiana pop. 13,000. County Pop. 33,000

http://sp.bitwisesolutions.com/sites/HLFI/SiteCollectionImages/SP-Madison-downtown.jpg (broken link)


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http://www.madison.k12.in.us/LM/Lydia%20(2)ed.JPG (broken link)
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Old 10-25-2008, 01:51 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Lincoln, Nebraska, and Savannah, Georgia.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Burlington, VT has a thriving downtown that is very large for the size of the city.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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An old thread arises from the archives! Live downtown in a small city (20k) about 25 miles form a major city. In all the discussions of the advantages of urban vs suburban, I realy feel like I have the best of both worlds!
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: NYC
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An old thread arises from the archives! Live downtown in a small city (20k) about 25 miles form a major city. In all the discussions of the advantages of urban vs suburban, I realy feel like I have the best of both worlds!
I felt that way too when I lived in the center of a small, old town of about 12,000. Good planning had ensured downtown did not become a ghost town, which is the exception, not the rule.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I felt that way too when I lived in the center of a small, old town of about 12,000. Good planning had ensured downtown did not become a ghost town, which is the exception, not the rule.
Unless there happens to be a college within the city, of course. It that college students willingness to walk everywhere can really save classic old downtowns.

I actually wonder if that's what has really caused gentrification to take off. People are seeking to recapture the allure of living in a college town within the big city.
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