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Indianapolis has been named one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns by Livability.com.
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Indianapolis has been named one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns by Livability.com.

March 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM

No more "Nap" town!

Indianapolis has been named one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns by Livability.com.

Downtown Indianapolis offers a diverse array of local architecture, art lifestyles and things to do. It unites residents from all backgrounds by providing places to connect.

Downtown Indy puts people within walking distance to restaurants, entertainment districts, professional sports venues and parks. Residents gather throughout the year on downtown streets to listen to live music, eat and celebrate at annual events like the Independent Music and Art Festival, and the Strawberry Festival. More than 50 new projects are slated to be completed in downtown Indianapolis by 2017 as well.

For this list of downtowns, editors looked at data including improvement in retail and office vacancy rates, the number of people moving into the area, income growth, unemployment, the ratio of people who live and work in the downtowns, and the overall livability of the city.

But numbers alone can't tell you what makes a downtown great. One must see the skylines, hear the street sounds and talk to people who've been there, so the Livability.com editors also considered input from locals.

Here's the complete list of the Top 10 Best Downtowns in 2014:

Fort Worth, TX

Providence, RI

Indianapolis, IN

Provo, UT

Alexandria, VA

Frederick, MD

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bellingham, WA

Eugene, OR

Birmingham, AL


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