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Magazine Names Bradenton Among 10 Best Small Downtowns


Everyone knows about the excitement of Manhattan, but Southern Business and Development is singing the praises of America's not-so-big downtowns. The magazine is out with a list of "Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South."

The mag gave props to Bradenton for its laid-back vibe, theater scene and redeveloped Riverwalk, which debuted in October 2012. Here's an excerpt:

Featuring a little bit of everything from the 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater to the Family Fun Zone (complete with a splash fountain), the Riverwalk is open year-round and showcases concerts, festivals and other community activities.

Also getting a nod was downtown Stuart, in Martin County, for its galleries, restaurants and boardwalk.

Rounding out the list, in no particular order, were:

  • Bardstown, Ky.
  • Danville, Ky.
  • Sumter, S.C. 
  • Columbus, Miss.
  • Harrisonburg, Va.
  • El Dorado, Ark.
  • Bastrop, Texas
  • Georgetown, Texas

According to the magazine, "Nothing tops off a suitable small town location more than a great downtown."

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