I'd be curious to get reaction to a post I just put up -- "We Don't Let Planning Get in the Way" (be sure to read both parts) -- about suburban West Hartford, Connecticut's new Blue Back Square project -- and the "anti-planning" approach the town takes (at least that's how one planner described it). Are there suburban downtowns you're familiar with? What makes some of them work well, and others not? And what do you think about the approach taken in West Hartford?
Also, fyi, there's an interesting discussion of suburban downtowns on Don Reed's blog. Go to: "False city vs. suburbs debate ignores real issues."