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“Afternoon visit if you're not into nightlife.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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“Afternoon visit if you're not into nightlife.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Our visit to Clematis Street started at the harbor looking at the yachts and daydreaming. West Palm Beach is a small area and not a lot of traffic so it was easy to walk and cross streets. A nice park is across from the harbor, including a water feature for the kids to play and the rest of us to watch and relax. MIdday the area was busy but not crowded, tourists and locals shopping and enjoying lunch in the unique restaurants.

Visited September 2013
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“Fun Fun Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

This area of palm beach is ok during the week and day time but I really go for Clematis by Night. On Thursday nights there is always a live band playing music in the square. Vendors are out selling food, wine, beer and goods. Plenty of people dancing and kids playing in the fountain. I like to go just to people watch. There are chairs available but I bring my own so Im sure to have a seat.

Visited September 2013
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“Pretty good.....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Honestly, I was expecting a little more shopping variety. I think this area is a work in progress. All of the restaurants were excellent though. Like that I could use a parking app to pay meters.

Visited September 2013
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“Great Market”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Shops are ok but the weekend market is the main selling point to this area. We did see one pretty serious fight break out, and someones car being broken into within same visit. Not a child friendly area, more for bar crowds at night. The free shuttle between City place and Clematis is great. I suggest leaving car at City Place parking garage.

Visited April 2013
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“Popular and plenty of happy hour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Like: Looks ok for lunch, not very pricy, decent places to eat
Dislike: At night gave me the impression not a very safe place to walk around

Visited September 2013
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