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“Clematis Street”
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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.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Beautiful original Art Deco buildings, waterfront trails for walks or bike rides. Lots of places to eat, drink, hang out.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We enjoy several of the restaurants on Clematis, as well as the free Thurs. night concerts. We are usually dining around 6:30 or 7 -- later in the evening it is really a younger, more bar oriented crowd, especially on weekends. Two restaurants we recommend: Pistache and Cabana. They are kind of at opposite ends of the commercial strip. But there are lots of good, casual eateries in between. Great Sat. morning green market in season. Lovely park across from Lake Worth.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Cafes, restaurants, shops, a gym, a major public library, a live theatre, exploding water fountains for kids to frolic in, a museum, a green Farmers market in season by the fabulous Intracoastal waterfront and even a Dunkin Donuts-all on this stretch of a street which is just a few blocks from City Place in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida. Live and free entertainment every Thursday night and at the nearby Meyer Amphitheater on most weekends make Clematis Street a street not to be missed.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Clematis has had many issues and continues to struggle because of its clubs and drunks every single day. Although its right next (walking distance) to City Place, it's very different in that you don't take kids or go to walk around (at least we don't)
We do like a few of the restaurants like Cabanas, although not as good as the Delray location, it's good.

2  Thank MChoney
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I was asked to write a review for "Clematis Street",
hard to make simple, I am familair, I work on Clematis Street, have been here for about 20 years!

If visitng, understand downtown WPB is very small, just a few blocks in either direction.Clematis Street is inc enter, runs east and west, and is hub if you will of bars, lunch spots, offices, dinner spots...Thus tough to rate, really depends what you like
For most part, Clematis street has plenty of lunch places, several places for dinner too, and several bars, and two nice sports bars (Bar Louie and Duffys).
At the end of Clematis, if you walk to water, two piers go into intracoastal, nice walk, kids love it too, plus a park with fountain, that stays busy with kids running in and out.

Nights are crazy, late night crowd, but if looking for late night bars etc, certainly plenty to choose from.

Keep in mind, City Place is only about half mile or so from downtown WPB, and atrolley runs the loop, tot ake you

Thank tony15230
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