Melissa Barth's Blog
Living downtown has benefits. To begin, downtown remains a business, entertainment,cultural and historic hub. It almost doesn’t matter which city you live in,there’s something that you can do downtown. Live in a major city and you may have to go downtown to pay bills, complete government forms and take licensing exams.
Rewards of Going Downtown
Ask a tourist. Downtown is the spot to be at when you’re exploring a place. There’s so much diversity, vibrant energy and possibility downtown. If you’re on the fence about moving downtown, check out the below benefits associated with downtown living:
- Close to public transportation – Move downtown in a city like Boston and you may not need a car, especially if you work close to where you live. If you do own a car, you could save on gas and wear and tear, because a subway or bus station will generally be only a block or so away.
- Businesses within walking distance – Shopping stores don’t line downtown sidewalks the way they did a few decades ago. However, businesses of all sizes still have offices and corporate headquarters downtown.
- In the heart of the city – Downtown is the heart of a city. It’s a place that’s rich with history. Many tourist information and cultural centers are located downtown.
- Nightlife – Restaurants and clubs stay open late downtown. You can grab a ride home with a friend or take a taxi if you live downtown and rely on public transportation.
- Cultural events – Parades, festivals and cultural celebrations come right through the center of the city. Depending on where you live downtown, you might be able to stick your head out of the window of your home and watch a major holiday parade.
- Really get to the know the city that you live in – Get out and explore your city. Jump on a subway, train or bus from a downtown stop and visit an area on the outer skirts.
- Meet diverse people – Big cities attract people from all walks of life. You might strike up new friendships or learn another language.
- Might see the mayor – While you’re working or having fun downtown, you might run into the mayor, especially if you’re in the habit of attending local community events.
- Attend local government events like city council meetings – Make a positive impact on your city by participating in local government meetings. Let your voice be heard.
- More housing options – Apartments, houses and condos, including storefront dwellings, are downtown. The only option you may not have as it regards housing is a large yard.
You may absolutely love living downtown if you are in your twenties and eager to travel more than you are to settle down. Having a large home with an expansive yard may not be important to you. If your friends live downtown, renting or buying an apartment, condo or house in the heart of the city could keep you within moments of your cronies. As with any living situation, rewards associated with living downtown depend on your lifestyle, family makeup and overall life plans.All said, if you live in a growing city, you’d be hard pressed to find a more happening spot than downtown.