Can the current mixture of downtown uses, heavily weighted toward daytime office work, cultural and sports events, support the long term renewal of the downtown? In October the City of Oakland, California reported on progress towards its 10K Downtown Housing Initiative. The project, kicked off in 1999 by then mayor Jerry Brown, has resulted in the start and completion of 78 residential projects with 8,956 units, exceeding its goal of housing for ten thousand new downtown residents. The City of Boise Smart City Initiative reports downtown “residents support retail activity at a rate 20 times higher than workers, strengthening existing businesses and making a wider range of restaurants and shopping possible.”  With the reality of the current economy, what should be Omaha’s next steps to ensure continued downtown vibrancy?