While many people enjoy large and fast moving cities, there are some who prefer a smaller area with a lively downtown.

Kelsey Thompson of Housing Wire writes that a new list shows smaller cities are making their downtown areas more enchanting for its residents. A study by Livability shows that the top city with a small downtown area is Alexandria, Va. Others on the list include, Pittsburg, Pa., Plano, Tex., and Santa Monica, Calif.

“Having a great downtown is about more than just great stores and great restaurants. A great downtown needs people,” Livability editor Matt Carmichael said. “Great cities need great spaces to gather. These cities and towns are wonderful places to get out and engage with your friends, family and other residents.”

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