2 pointsWell, considering that the "heyday" of the downtown club and cafe scene occurred from 2004 to 2006, I wouldn't say that anything killed it, at least during the time of the rail construction. If you look at the evolution of the Main Street scene, it began in the late 90s with a few restaurants and bars. It grew when the "see and be scene" crowd decided downtown was the new thing. From 1999 through the early 2000s the white scenesters flooded the bars and niteclubs. Then, the first clubs began opening on Washington, causing the scene to shift. The clubs began to shift in demographic to a 50/50 white/black crowd, and the music trend toward hip hop and other popular black music. By the mid 2000s, the club scene largely catered to black club goers. However, while whites may claim that it died...and blame METRO...the Main Street crowds were far larger during this time than when the hip white scene occupied Main Street. Eventually, the clubs had run their cycle and began closing in 2006 and later, long after the rail construction was completed. The rail construction did not kill anything. The scene simply morphed from white centric to black centric, and self-centered whites think that it died off. It didn't. Hence, my statement.
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