Downtown 2.0

Our guide to the new downtown, from bar barons to faux fashions to loft living

It’s time to raise a glass to downtown—after decades of broken promises, the city’s historic core is lively again and, thanks mostly to one man, home to a vibrant nightlife scene.1  So many bars now exist that you may just need a map to navigate them all.2  The fashion industry is based here, too, and not just the legitimate one: Downtown is the counterfeit capital of the United States.3 With every loft that opens, another blogger is born, and they’ve got strong opinions on what’s best in their neighborhood.4  The more you hear about the place from people who call it home, the more you may ask yourself: Any more room at the inn?5