downtown projects, including a metro light-rail system, are challenging that perception. Between 2006 and 2011, approxi- mately $4 billion of private and public capital was invested in the 1.5-square-mile downtown area near the Phoenix Convention Center, in projects including retail, historic preservation, and pedestrian-friendly environments.
waterfront attractions, and the U.S.S. Midway. Expansion plans for the 2.6-million-square-foot center include outdoor terraces and a five-acre waterfront park.
13. Oregon Convention Center, Portland
Walk Score: 85 Portland’s downtown is rated a
12. San Diego Convention Center
Walk Score: 86 In themidst of the city’s
pedestrian-friendly urban core,
the San Diego Convention Center is steps away from more than 11,000 hotel rooms, the 16-block dining, shopping, and entertainment Gaslamp Quarter district, PETCO Park,museums,
“Walker’s Paradise” by
Walk Score, with city blocks that are only half as long as in a typical U.S. city. Portland has an extensive public-transportation system that includes streetcars and a light-rail train that runs right up to the convention center’s doors.