I’m a big fan of being “downtown” — but not “Downtown”. Little “d” downtowns are like those in my own backyard: Menlo Park, Palo Alto and the other Peninsula cities. Big “D” downtowns are those like San Francisco. Little “d” downtowns are a few blocks long with lots of neighborhood shops, restaurants, etc.
Our own office is in downtown Menlo Park, walking distance to many great restaurants, California’s best bookstore, a delightful public library, and right across the street from Caltrain! Just a great location vs. being trapped up on Sand Hill Road where hopping in the car is required for almost everything.