Well, the big news here is that I closed on the condo on Market Street today. So yes, I am officially a homeowner. Great stuff -- now I just have to figure out how to lay the place out.
I also checked out the YMCA and the VFW -- both seem like great spots.
Here's the link to the planned Hamilton Canal District site: http://www.hamiltoncanal.com/Default.aspx. I think this will have a strong spillover effect onto "old Downtown" assuming that the commercial spaces in the new district aren't too redundant with what's already there in the area near Central and Merrimack.
Time to run to Boston for some March Madness with the old Dutch Oven crowd..