Wow...very good shots
I would lean towards residential. I am not sure how good these old buildings are for modern business. But downtown is not lacking in modern office space. What it needs are for more people to want to live there. A restoration of the historic district, which has so much potential character...together with concurrent improvements in cleanliness and safety...would help towards achieving that goal.Great pictures. As is obvious, most of DT's aesthetic problems are at street level not in the buildings (although some buildings not pictured are expendable). We need more medians; better sidewalks; some streets closed to traffic; tougher signage rules. Otherwise a huge asset is being wasted.
I am even wondering if there should be much push for more office business in "old DT" or if it should be pushed toward housing and retail, with Bunker Hill and Civic Center staying as commercial and institutional.