Generally when talking about downtown people assume you are speaking about the bustling center of a large urban area such as Baltimore.
But the folks who run the website Livability have a different definition. According to the website’s rankings of the nation’s best downtowns, the best city center in Maryland goes to Frederick. The city, which is the urban core of the largely exurban Frederick County, only has about 10 percent of Charm City’s population.
The website praises the city’s resiliency, its historic nature and its arts community.
Residents have seen steady income growth, falling unemployment and a high occupancy rate that continues to spark development of residential and commercial projects. In 2003, the state designated downtown Frederick an Arts & Entertainment District, which allows artists and craftsmen to sell their work tax free. This lured many artists to the area, and residents and service-oriented businesses followed. More than 2,500 historic properties in the downtown area have been renovated for modern use while preserving Colonial-era architectural elements. — Livability
Livability’s rankings also include cities such as Indianapolis, Providence and Fort Worth.