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Old 11-14-2012, 09:12 PM
 
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Despite the text in the search box, the location is actually Orange. But though it would come as a surprise to many of those in the NJ forum (who think stepping into either town is a death sentence), both Orange and East Orange have functional downtown areas. What they aren't is pretty, and you see stores which cater to the population (no Starbucks here!). I didn't post it as a joke, just as kind of a counterpoint to downtowns which have appearance but not function; these have function but not appearance. They're not places residents of the nearby wealthier towns would have reason to go (unlike, say, Montclair, NJs downtown), but they serve the local residents quite well.
This was what I thought you were getting at. I'd call that a good downtown.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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The suburb I lived in has a downtown that has a lot of boutiques and restaurants. It generally functions more as a place to go out than a place to run some errands. It still has a lot of people out and about, and some every-day type businesses though.
Oakville, ON - Google Maps

Across the river from the main downtown/CBD though, there is another commercial area that was largely built in the mid 20th century and has a lot of more every-day stores. The area is also geared more towards working class to middle class while the main downtown area is much more upscale.
Oakville, ON - Google Maps
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I posted one -- the Orange, NJ, Main Street. You see plenty of people in the next town over, East Orange, both on the road which continues Orange's Main Street (called Martin Luther King Blvd in East Orange, and Orange Street in Newark, though in Newark it's pretty dead), and on Central Avenue several blocks south. These are both towns with a lot of poverty and no shortage of crimes, but while their downtowns are ugly you can't say they're not lively.
I did take a look at that before I posted but I guess I just don't find it particularly ugly? lol. The large colorful store signs don't do much the help the aesthetics but I think overall it seems to be laid out well, certainly looks much better than most of the suburban "downtowns" I have seen.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Speaking of Orange. Orange Ca has a very nice little downtown.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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One of the small-city downtowns that most impressed me was in La Crosse, Wisconsin (pop. 51,719). Here are some pictures from 2009:


And even more downtown LC... by tvdxer, on Flickr


P1030555 by tvdxer, on Flickr


Downtown La Crosse by tvdxer, on Flickr


Downtown La Crosse by tvdxer, on Flickr

For even smaller cities, Moose Lake, Minnesota (pop. 2,753) is hard to beat:


Downtown Moose Lake by tvdxer, on Flickr

Jitters Cafe by tvdxer, on Flickr


Downtown Moose Lake by tvdxer, on Flickr
Downtown Theater by tvdxer, on Flickr

Responsible Older Sister by tvdxer, on Flickr

Last edited by tvdxer; 11-26-2012 at 04:18 PM..
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: The City
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^^ Nice shots never heard of the place but looks really nice. love places like this
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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^^ Nice shots never heard of the place but looks really nice. love places like this
Then you'd like my thread on the Minnesota forum:

//www.city-data.com/forum/minne...ota-ideal.html
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: I-35
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Nice: The Woodlands TX, Midland, TX, Waco, TX, Abilene, TX, Shreveport LA
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:49 AM
 
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Harrisburg, PA
Bethlehem, PA
Lakewood, Ohio
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Call me crazy but, Boise, ID: pop ~ 200,000 Metro ~ 600something thousand, has a pretty cool downtown.
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