"Been there and done that"
The state of Downtown here is a complex question. It really does seem to me that Downtown after hours is far more active than back in the day when it was like one of those post-armageddon computer games if you were ever down there after 7pm on a weeknight. A lot of that seems to me, completely unscientifically mind you, to be students which I presume are PP and Duq students. It will of course be one of the bigger stories to come from the dump of census data we will get in the spring that the resident population Downtown will be up significantly. Percentage-wise it may be the neighborhood with the biggest percentage increase. There is some wonkish caveats to the measurement of that peculiar to Downtown, but we'll save that for the future.
So I think it's a good thing that Downtown is not a no-mans land after dusk. Nonetheless, a question worth pondering on that is something that has been pointed out to me.. though obvious when you think about it: have any of the new residential units Downtown been built out without public subsidies. In some cases very significant subsidies and in some cases tax breaks on top of that. Is there any sign that the public investment has sparked any current development that did not need subsidies? Will there will ever be any residential development Downtown without a lot of public subsidization? Worth asking in itself, and then pondering the question that follows about what other neighborhood residential development could have happned for the same scale of $$ we are talking about.