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March 16, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Are Our Downtown Cities Coming Back?

Are our downtown cities making a comeback? Recent data seem to be indicating such a trend.  The Streetsblog blogged on some encouraging numbers from The Transport Politic report:

  • Baltimore‘s downtown residential population has grown by 11.6% since 2006 and now provides living space for more than 40,000 people.
  • Chicago‘s Loop saw a 76% increase in inhabitants since 2000 and the Near South Side more than doubled in population over the same period (even as the number of jobs downtown declined by 60,000).
  • Cleveland‘s most central census tracks each gained 20% or more in population between 2000 and 2010.
  • St. Louis‘ central neighborhoods gained several thousand people in total.

Even recently in Albany, NY, the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) announced results from a study showing a 53% growth in demand for downtown living options.

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