Who You Calling Fastest-Growing Neighborhood in the Nation?

On the day prior to the seventh anniversary of New York’s darkest moment, Mayor Bloomberg penned an impassioned plea in

On the day prior to the seventh anniversary of New York’s darkest moment, Mayor Bloomberg penned an impassioned plea in the Wall Street Journal calling for more accountability and action at the terminally delayed World Trade Center site.

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Commendable as the op-ed was, it’s possible that the mayor engaged in a bit of hyperbole to make his case. The offending passage:

Today, Lower Manhattan is the fastest-growing residential neighborhood in the country, bustling morning, noon and night. But the rebirth of Lower Manhattan will not be complete as long as Ground Zero remains an open wound.

But is the growth part true? No doubt Mr. Bloomberg was trying to push his case, create a sense of urgency, and Get Things Done, but it’s possible he may have gone a little too far.

Certainly, downtown has dramatically increased in population (growing from under 30,000 people in 2001 to over 50,000 is 2008, according to the Downtown Alliance); and while you could say that the area is the fastest-growing neighborhood in Manhattan, or maybe the city, it’s hard to say if it’s number one in the whole country (we’ve tried).

Requests from City Hall for the source of the "fastest-growing" nugget were not immediately answered.

Who You Calling Fastest-Growing Neighborhood in the Nation?