I live in Washington, D.C., where I first came to work as a writer and producer for The Atlantic in 2010 and then covered D.C. transportation for TBD On Foot. Now I report on Congress for Communications Daily.
[Downtowns] have become … too predominately devoted to work and contain too few people after working hours. This condition has been more or less formalized in planning jargon, which no longer speaks of ‘downtowns’ but instead of ‘CBDs’—standing for Central Business Districts. A Central Business District that lives up to its name and is truly described by it is a dud.
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
What’s remarkable is that this book was written more than half a century ago. It really is such a fresh and powerful and game-changing set of pages.