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Can Momentum Last?

Big city downtowns are booming, but can their momentum outlast the coronavirus?

Downtowns are awesome, and are fueled by innovation, entrepreneurship and capitalism. They are here to stay.

This report from Brookings has a good overview of the recent (20 year) resurgence of downtowns and urban centers, and questions the future of downtowns, which have seen significant growth and excitement in the recent past. Do downtown urban areas maintain their desirability post-COVID in the public’s mind?

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They identify three critical questions: how growing downtowns support growth into more neighborhoods; how other downtowns can lear from peer cities with positive growth, and how to assuage fears during COVID that density is not threatened by future pandemics. Read more…https://www.brookings.edu/research/big-city-downtowns-are-booming-but-can-their-momentum-outlast-the-coronavirus/

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