Downtown Melbourne isn't just a downtown for Melbourne but is also a central business district for the entire metropolitan area stretching from Titusville to the north to Palm Bay to the south. Numerous restaurants and shops serve the professionals working for the many high tech industries in the area—including Kennedy Space Center of course. Melbourne also boasts a high number of night clubs and lounges for a town its size—just one of the many examples of the city's cosmopolitan flavor.
Another example is the small skyline of scattered high-rise condos and offices. Although just a few now, many more are planned. Some resident's are worried about Melbourne turning into a West Palm Beach, with its high-density and congestion. But that day may not come any time soon, especially with the recent recession slowing down redevelopment efforts.
Until that day, the city still has plenty to offer. East New Haven Avenue is Melbourne's Main Street, particularly the 700, 800, and 900 blocks. But a lot's packed into those three blocks, including antique stores, clothing boutiques, restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops. Given Melbourne's coastal location, many stores sell all of the accessories, clothing, and supplies you'll need for a day at the beach. Wide sidewalks provide lots of room for pedestrians, dog walking and outdoor cafes. And the city itself is not too far from the beach, another plus.