The role and character of downtowns has changed dramatically since the first half of the 20th century (Downtown Anaheim 1923)

What is a Downtown? Changing Definitions for Changing Times

Discussions about downtowns rarely ask the question: What is a downtown? The concept of a downtown is so ingrained in American culture that we can identify one much better than we can define it, bringing to mind Justice Potter Stewart’s famous quote about obscenity: “…I know it when I see it.” The process of defining […]

Downtown Pleasanton (CA)

Welcome to Downtowns Plus

Welcome to Downtowns Plus, a blog on downtown planning and placemaking that discusses places throughout the United States, Canada, and the world, but is primarily focused on the Western United States. The blog will examine issues that concern downtowns of different sizes and in different settings (rural, suburban, urban), such as planning processes, zoning, urban […]