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American cities are using Brooklyn as a modern downtown model

September 25, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn's hip stretch of Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
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More and more cities across America are beginning a trajectory that includes microbreweries, coffee shops fronted by bearded baristas and homogenous interior decorating snatched from the pages of a West Elm catalogue. In other words, according to Bloomberg columnist Justin Fox, they are becoming a lot more like Brooklyn.  

As Fox sees it, this isn’t all bad. The revival of America’s downtown cities is, he writes, a big upgrade from the downtown streets of the past, which were deserted after and dominated by chains and “mass-produced sameness.”

Yes, there are also problems with today’s trendy coffee shops and ubiquitous modernization, but Fox argues it’s better than the “pre-downtown-revival era.”

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Fox writes about visiting downtown Sioux Falls, which Thrillist dubbed in 2015 the “Brooklyn of South Dakota.” “[The city felt] quite alive, which for a neighborhood that two decades ago had a 40 percent vacancy rate and a big problem with people defecating on front stoops seems like a pretty good trade,” he wrote.

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