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Review of Clematis Street

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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“Great relaxing evening!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

So relaxing walking down the street and on the dock, especially at night. There is a great selection of restaurants, bars and music. The outdoor concerts are fantastic! Also great is the farmers green market, lots of sampling and good variety.

Visited May 2014
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“Looking more and more run down”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

We have often visited over the last few years. Mainly parking in City Place (ouch! High cost of parking) and then taking the free trolley to Clematis Street. However on our last visit the whole area is looking more and more run down.
This is not really worth visiting any more.

Visited May 2014
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“Thursday night free concerts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Free concert in the plaza was a great experience. 3 hours from 6-9. Great restaurants in the area, food trucks, and other vendors. Stay after the concert and enjoy the downtown area. Affordable parking in the garage near the event.

Visited June 2014
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“Good Bars / Restaurants - Touristy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

A fun place to visit, especially if your in the younger crowd.
Many good bars and restaurants to hang out in.
Nice shops to stroll by and check out.
It is a tourist stop and on weekends it gets real crowded.
Enjoy!!!

Visited June 2014
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“Fun times!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

Love Celmatis Street!! Great place to visit!! Go back every time we are in the West Palm Beach area!! A lot to do!!

Visited July 2013
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