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Old Posted Apr 20, 2017, 5:21 PM
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Originally Posted by mhays View Post
I'm a big fan of suburban town centers. The good ones can be pretty urban, whether they're on a large scale like Buckhead or Bellevue or just a few apartment and office buildings.

That said, nothing beats a good downtown...with the full retail spectrum, lots of tourists and business visitors, a huge office crowd, events, and so on. If all of that comes together the city has a big advantage.
the operative word, visitors...not residents. do suburbanites go "downtown" to go shopping and socialize anymore? some do for sure but more and more options are starting to appear in their neighborhoods too. I think in successful cities, were seeing a common ascension. downtown and suburbs are thriving at the same time. we just need figure out how to connect them better.
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