Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Defining Downtown

What's the definition of downtown?
See the following article on the Atlantic Cities:
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/10/problem-defining-downtown/7144/

"Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report on population trends in American downtowns, a helpful step toward quantifying the claims made by many cities that residents (and jobs) are moving there in droves (you can view the original report here... whenever the federal government reopens and the Census Bureau's shuttered website comes back online). The Census' blunt definition of "downtown," though, inevitably produced some grousing about over-and under-counts of local populations. It measured “downtown,” for lack of a better universal definition, as everything within a 2-mile radius of the local city hall."

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