Downtown Lawrences retail presence is shrinking, according to a recent report. The number of stores is down from 126 in 2006 to 72 in 2018, or about 43%, when numbers were collected for the citys 2018 Retail Market Report.
For the most part, bars and restaurants have replaced those departed retailers. Downtown also has become a more desirable place for professionals such as attorneys, architects and web developers to locate. Another growing component of downtown are living spaces in the form of apartments and condominiums, which are not factored into the report.
So theres still lots of traffic downtown especially foot traffic which continues to make downtown Lawrence a hub of activity and the center of the community.
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