In the past few decades, downtown centers of both small towns and larger cities have experienced a resurgence in the development of their urban cores. This is due in part to the expansion of housing options in previously retail-dominated stretches. Livability writes:
The cities and towns on our Top 10 Best Downtowns all exemplify the best trends in redevelopment. Some, like Alexandria, Va., are centered around a historic district that has survived for literally centuries. Others, like Pittsburgh, Pa., have seen their fortunes come and go and now come again. Still others, like Evanston, Ill., seem to be just now hitting their stride and coming into their own.
Evanston, Ill., has the best downtown area according to Livability's list of 2016's best downtowns in the nation. Packed with a young millennial population that enjoys the walkable urban center, mixed-use residential housing options, and easily accessible transit, the small suburb of Chicago offers a live-work-play lifestyle that makes it a desirable place to call home.
Continue reading to learn more about the nation's top 10 downtown areas.