Comments on: The Lost Downtown Demographic http://www.globalsiteplans.com/content/the-lost-downtown-demographic/ Branding for Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Non-Profits, Landscape Architecture, & Urban Planning Companies Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:03:14 +0000 hourly 1 By: Urban Parks Affected by Time and Light | The GRID | Global Site Plans http://www.globalsiteplans.com/content/the-lost-downtown-demographic/comment-page-1/#comment-44491 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:30:10 +0000 http://www.globalsiteplans.com/?p=16753#comment-44491 [...] However, after sunset, the park attracts a multitude of teen groups of two to eight individuals each. Some stroll and chat about the movie they just saw together at the theater across the street, some show each other skateboard tricks, and some simply loiter, as teens tend to do in downtown areas after dark. [...]

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By: Streets.MN Rundown … « Thoughts on the Urban Environment http://www.globalsiteplans.com/content/the-lost-downtown-demographic/comment-page-1/#comment-37330 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 04:54:14 +0000 http://www.globalsiteplans.com/?p=16753#comment-37330 [...] are teens and young adults? That’s a good question. Here’s a quote Aascot Holt at Global Site Plans: “Most of the time the only places that allow minors under twenty-one on their premises after [...]

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By: Justin S http://www.globalsiteplans.com/content/the-lost-downtown-demographic/comment-page-1/#comment-37194 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:48:12 +0000 http://www.globalsiteplans.com/?p=16753#comment-37194 There’s another catch here:

The “downtown” teen demographic in any city I’ve ever lived hasn’t been the standard teen demographic. At least in my limited experience, downtown teens tend to be mostly poor urban minorities. Those kids not only tend to lack spending power, but also tend to be seen as a source of crime & blight rather than a resource. No one wants them around. Here in DC, new downtown businesses have had to go so far as to promise NOT to provide services that might increase teen presence, just to get the permits they needed to operate.

If we’re ever seriously going to make the downtowns places for all people, the public schools have to be good enough to attract students from families of all incomes. Again in DC, the city is being over-run with 20-somethings with great jobs, who love the urban centers. The moment we pair off and start families, we move out to the burbs. It’s not because we like the burbs, it’s just… well… sending your kid to DC public school instead of any of the amazing suburban schools in Va would probably do more to hurt your child’s future than mid-level child abuse would. For urban centers to be more than cool hangouts for recent grads & other childless demographics, we’ve got to fix the schools. With that, the supporting businesses will follow.

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