Downtowns Not the Economic Engines They Used to Be
"This new assessment of downtown as primarily a center for civic opportunities makes sense and revives the ancient role of the plaza "forum" or "agora" concept–places that H.G. Wells affectionately referred to as ideal for "concourse and rendezvous." This redefinition may bother some who wish to return to the downtown apex of the 1950s, yet the idea is both viable and sustainable.
With the traditional town-center model serving as the hub of civic activities, residents and visitors alike are frequenting dining establishments, arts and music venues, and coffeehouses in the spirit of civic connection and community."