Many people think of White Plains mostly as a either a place to live or a place to go for fine dining and first-class shopping. However, White Plains has two populations. A live-in population that is a bit less than 60,000 and a much larger commuter population in the downtown area. In truth the business district is somewhat scattered with a portion of it being along the eastern edge of town hugging the access road to I-287. But the center of the White Plains business district is in the western portion of the downtown area sandwiched between the train station and the residential area of downtown of White Plains.
With easy access via the train, the Bronx River Parkway and I-287, I-95, and the Hutchison River Parkway, its small wonder that White Plains would be a desirable location for business. Upwards of 250,000 commuters call White Plains their “home” during working hours and many stay after hours to enjoy the shopping and the nightlife. This “second population” adds to the vibrancy of the area and has turned the City of White Plains into a city that really never sleeps.
But truth be told, White Plains was a retail and business center long before it was a true urban hub with an active downtown. Although the business crowd adds to the activity and vibe of the downtown area, the businesses were there back in the days when White Plains rolled up its streets at around 6 PM. Back in the 1990s the commuter population was close to 200,000 but there was nothing to do after work, so everyone headed home. That’ s a long way from the “mini-me Manhattan” it has become.
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