The small city in which I live has only been incorporated in the last thirty years or so. The city started out as more of a bedroom community for the larger city that it is directly adjacent to. These facts being the case, there was never a development of a central business district as we traditionally define "downtown".
I have been given the not so distinct honor of attempting to establish a downtown association. My only question is, "How do we establish a downtown association when nobody knows where in the h*** downtown is in this place?"
That brings me to my question for you...Define downtown, go beyond the traditional trappings or even neotraditional trappings of what is normally considered downtown. Is it the geographical center of commerce? Is it an area surrounding primary government functions? I am at a loss with this one. I randomly polled about a half-dozen people in the community and literally got a half-dozen different answers. Help please.