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“Interesting area” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Clematis Street

Clematis Street
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Party Bike Pub Crawl in West Palm Beach
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Owner description: The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.
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“Interesting area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

From the beautiful park fronting the beach to the reastaurants and bars that line the street, this is a fun place to visit. Not a pre-fab desination, but rather an urban renewal type of environment. Many fun places to have a quck bite or a drink.

Visited March 2013
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“Worth a visit- Thursday night seems cool.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Good vibe in the evening. Lots going on in the various restuarants and bars. Has an authentic feel to it (as opposed to Cityplace). Other than the eateries though, I got the impression that other businesses either were closed or suffering.

Visited March 2013
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Vienna, VA
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“strolling for fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

stopped by on Sat and came across the farmer's market. Lots of food to sample, things to buy - I was sorry I'd eaten before. The market wasn't crowded and we saw everything. Walked along the water as well as up and down the street.

Visited March 2013
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“Downtown Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

I have lived near Clematis for over a year now and have yet to get bored. There are enough bars and nightlife to keep you entertained, and enough family activities to keep it friendly during the week and daytime. Clematis by night is extremely family-friendly and a good reason to go downtown! Thursdays and Saturdays are the best days to come. Saturday mornings is even the green market by the water! Great fun, up and down Clematis.

Visited March 2013
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“Great spot for eating, walking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

lots of restaurant options in small space, a short walk to the water where many large yachts are anchored. Nice for visitors.

Visited March 2013
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