Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?
I had anticipated some of the rewards and discoveries of visiting cities in the process of economic and cultural recovery and re-invention. An unexpected reward has been the chance to get a time-capsule view, a kind of real-life time-line diorama, of how the downtown areas of cities look through all the stages of a down-and-up cycle. The down phase includes hollowing-out and pawn-shop-dominated decay. Then there is spotty and tentative improvement.