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Return Of The Downtown

In a trend that is defying post-9/11 predictions American downtowns continue to grow.
August 4, 2004, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Downtowns are definitely on the upswing these days, defying the predictions of those who thought that Americans would begin to avoid population centers after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Migration of young professionals and empty nesters to big-city downtowns was the highlight of the economic boom years of the last decade.

'The trend has resulted in more high-density, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development - the 'flip side' of the low-density, auto-dependent, segregated-use development that dominated much of the growth patterns following World War II,' according to Richard Rosan, president of the nonprofit Urban Land Institute."

Thanks to Linda LaSut

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Published on Sunday, August 1, 2004 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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