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Downtown areas in our major cities are not set in place. They are dynamic and grow and change.

So let's examine some of the areas where our downtown areas are growing and spreading. What are the places that used to be considered "fringe areas" of the downtown areas that are now booming and thrieving and an integral part of the whole?

What areas am I thinking of. For example:

1. San Francisco's SoMa area (south of Market). Once skid row below Market Street, the area surrounding the Yuerba Buena Gardens (including the museum of contemporary art, the Moscone Center and even down to the ball park) has now become an essential focal point for downtown SF. This is an area that may well see SF's tallest building (1000+ feet). Far sooner (this fall), it will see Bloomingdale's join Nordstrom in a doubled size SF Center, seriously challenging Union Square as the epicenter of SF retail.

2. While Chicago's eastern portion of the Loop becomes more and more converted to residential use (through new condominiums and the conversion of vintage old commercial high rises), strongly influenced by the presence of the Lake Michigan shoreline, the cultural institutions, and perhaps more than anything else, the eye popping views of Millennium Park, Chicago's office center continues its march westward. The north/south portion of Wacker Drive has already served a long time as a booming office center, but areas west of the river are coming into their own due to the proximity of the city's two greatest commuter rail stations, Union and Ogilvie. There is no question that the area from the river to the Kennedy Expy will be a major office center, perhaps with a noteworthy tower rising above Union Station and a west loop transporation center that joins the two rail stations and hooks in with CTA as well.

3. Bunker Hill, LA
 

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So true about SoMA Egde25, 15 years ago, it was a dump. Today its one of the poshest business, residential and retail districts in the United States-and there are still several major projects in the pipeline incuding a 1000 ftr, 2 800 ftrs, a 600 ftr, several 200-500 ftrs, a $4 Billion Transit Terminal that will include a Bullet Train to LA and the completion of Mission Bay-a multi Billion Dollar research facility which is a joint project between UCSF and Genentech-not to mention several other projects.
 

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thanks, bayarea, for great picture...great to see the way the new and old sections of SF Center fit together....with the Big E dome still proudly in place. I don't know how I forgot to include the inclusion of the Transbay terminal (or even the redevelopment of the old SP terminal) as part of the mix. Also missed is a crown jewel of the area: the swank residential conversion of the lower Embaracero and the waterfront (with the cruise terminal coming) from Market to AT&T. This is a spectacular area for a new downtown....and delightfully flat for walking (certainly an issue in downtown areas north of Market)
 

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Seattle's downtown has expanded steadily north for decades. This is speeding up today, with the Denny Triangle being the center of much of our current and proposed growth.
 

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godblessbotox said:
la's downtown is all over the place. there are so many downtowns / areas of importance that you can get confused
LA has a specific Downtown area-it covers a huge area and everyone knows exactly where it is. I dont know what you mean when you say that one can get confused?
 

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culver city universal city hollywood santa monica burbank glendale all of those are downtowns in there own right and are part of the la area.
 

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godblessbotox said:
culver city universal city hollywood santa monica burbank glendale all of those are downtowns in there own right and are part of the la area.
Oh, okay.
Oakland has a substantial downtown with its own identity, only 10-12 miles from The City.
 

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With the construction of a new Twins stadium on the western edge of downtown and the residential boom on the northwest part of downtown, Minneapolis should continue to grow to the west. There has been some condo towers built to the southeast of downtown recently, while the Mill District northeast of downtown has developed as a mid-rise neighborhood of its own.
 

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yeah, seattles Downtown core is moving North with My proposed condo towers for the area and higher height limits which were just approved.
 

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Los Angeles.

Downtown LA itself is experiencing a amazing boom, not just residentially, but culturally and as a destination as well as in a culinary aspect. things are definitley on the upswing. Also, LA is changing itself, going from a suburban mindset to a very urban mindset very rapidly. All the areas around Downtown and the City center are changing for the better, including Silverlake, Echo Park, Koreatown, USC area, MacArthur Park, and if we expanded the Definition of Downtown, then we can defintley include the Wilshire Corridor and Hollywood as well.
 

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Wao..

bay_area said:
So true about SoMA Egde25, 15 years ago, it was a dump. Today its one of the poshest business, residential and retail districts in the United States-and there are still several major projects in the pipeline incuding a 1000 ftr, 2 800 ftrs, a 600 ftr, several 200-500 ftrs, a $4 Billion Transit Terminal that will include a Bullet Train to LA and the completion of Mission Bay-a multi Billion Dollar research facility which is a joint project between UCSF and Genentech-not to mention several other projects.
Really nice picure by the way.
 
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