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Review of 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.
Newport News, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

I just expected more from Clematis Street. I was told that there were several places to shop and found myself a little underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong the food places...YES!!!! Tin Fish is a must as well as Roccos Tacos.

Visited July 2014
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Evergreen Park, Illinois
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“Too 'Meh'ny restaurants”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Clematis street gets lots of press and attention as a go to shopping and tourist area in West Palm. They have invested millions into re-branding the area. Unfortunately,somebody forgot to consult the customers. The whole street is loaded with mediocre restaurants with a few gems thrown in; there are few shops and the ones that are there were boring and repetitive. My wife and I were expecting an interesting, localized flavor of the city but we found a restaurant heavy hyped area with little character and some sad shops. Not recommended.

Visited June 2014
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Dalton, MA
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“Nice Surprise”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Clematis Street was easy to access and parking was abundant. We walked the street and visited several of the restaurants, bars and shops that were open. We went back on a Thursday night to enjoy the free concert and took advantage of the free trolley service to visit City Place for higher end shopping and many restaurants.

Visited May 2014
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 574 helpful votes
“Great energy..fun place to people watch!”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

we always make a trip to clematis street every time we come to west palm, the energy is high, usually pretty crowded,
There are quite a few good restaurants among them are ."Rocco's tacos" and" Pistache" also "Sloan's" ice cream/yogurt store. Its a good place to Stoll around after your meal maybe sit in the park area in front of the marina there where some times there are concerts and flee markets being held. Fun place...its a must"

Visited July 2014
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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Beautiful street!”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

We enjoy Clematis Street, it is a place in downtown West Palm Beach with a huge variety of restaurants, bars and night clubs, it is very nice to walk the street and enjoy the atmosphere, great food and nice outside sitting, it is a place my family and me enjoy.

Visited January 2014
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