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Old Posted Jul 19, 2019, 1:33 PM
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Originally Posted by 10023 View Post
Did Phoenix ever have a downtown?
In the traditional sense? Yes. But that was in 1950 when the population was just 100,000. It was a place where people would dress up, take the trolley and shop.

Like most other downtowns it became a place for local, county, state and federal government complexes, law firms and banks -- some of the most boring professions in terms of urban vibrancy. After 5:00pm, it would empty out to the newer/safer parts of the city.

As mentioned above, this wasn't a Phoenix phenomenon, it was nationwide. Unlike New York, Phoenix didn't have 7 million people living in the city, it had 100k. It's downtown has never had a large footprint and there wasn't much of a reason to either.

Bunker Hill, L.A.


Scollay Square, Boston

Boston Globe

Government Center, Boston

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