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Downtown is Booming, but Where is the Trader Joe's?

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"Downtown has become a really hot place to play. I thought I would never live to see the day, but as this downturn continues we are seeing more restaurants open, more nightclubs open, and they are doing just fine, thank you very much." That's Carol Schatz, head of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID), speaking yesterday about the latest survey about downtown. Because census data focuses on residents and not workers and visitors and the last since the last census was in 2000, before the growth boom began, this survey tracked a variety of people, reported blogdowntown. "We want to be able to use this data to attract more business, and in particular retail to serve our growing residential population and ... our existing employee population," Schatz said. Now, if only they could get a Trader Joes.

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