The Haunting Beauty of Lincoln’s Haymarket District

The Haunting Beauty of Lincoln’s Haymarket District

Lincoln, Nebraska isn’t necessarily where you’d expect to find a perfectly intact 19th-century downtown, but this university town of just under 300,000 delivers a big package of walkable urbanism combined with historic preservation. Following is a photo essay of my recent trip there, thanks to the Downtown Lincoln Association.

A 20th-century bridge passes through the otherwise unmarred Historic Haymarket district.
Loading docks along 8th Street have slowly transitioned to become outdoor spaces for a variety of retailing and dining.
8th Street comes alive at night, with a faithful crowd that has made this a vibrant nightlife district.
Quiet streets are a noticeable characteristic of this district, especially in the daytime. The lack of traffic adds considerably to the haunting beauty of the whole experience.

These may look like postcards from a bygone era, but it’s reassuring, even exciting, that these scenes are there waiting for you in downtown Lincoln.

About Phil Myrick

Phil Myrick is an advisor to planning and development projects around the world and former CEO of Project for Public Spaces. Phil applies research into how people interact with their environments and each other to create vibrant places, destinations, districts, and developments. His strategic advice has helped his clients achieve their goals of attracting people, engaging people in their community, strengthening connections and social fabric, and stimulating economic development. Phil is married with two teenagers and struggles to satisfy his passion for being outdoors or on the water.