St. Louis is in a real estate "death spiral." Can it get out?

As St. Louis residents highlighted safety concerns, many moved out of downtown areas. Then the restaurants and retailers did too.
A view of buildings in downtown St. Louis.
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San Francisco struggles with downtown recovery

Aug 15, 2023
Geolocation data shows the same level of foot traffic now, as in late March 2020.
An empty storefront in downtown San Francisco, also known as the city's financial district. Similar “for lease” signs dot the area.
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In the downtown recovery race, Fresno is an unlikely frontrunner

Aug 14, 2023
A rich arts scene and a diverse workforce have helped foot traffic in downtown Fresno surpass pre-pandemic numbers.
Street vendors at Fresno, California’s monthly ArtHop, one example of how the city is trying to draw visitors to its downtown area.
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Food halls: the ritzier, foodier cousin of the suburban mall food court

Nov 9, 2017
Food halls are proliferating in cities big and small.

More companies trade in suburbia for the city

Aug 3, 2016
GE and McDonald's are among those heading downtown in search of younger workers.
A rendering of General Electric's new global headquarters in Boston. 
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