While writers such as Jonathan Yardley (in a recent Washington Post column) lament the passing of "cities real and gritty," people like Elizabeth Jackson, the president of the International Downtown Association, Washington D.C., champion the new look that many metro areas are creating. "They're reinventing themselves as much more than business centers. Increasingly, entertainment is a key feature of downtown regeneration." In Phoenix, for instance, citizens are glowing about their ...

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