The concentration of commercial activities that serve the whole urban region, including specialized retail, financial, and business services, as well as public sector facilities. These activities may be organized into subareas according to function and market. Typically, downtown is the oldest part of the city, and the most accessible location overall.
the commercial center of a town or city
of or located in the lower part of a town, or in the business center; "downtown Manhattan"; "delinquents roaming the downtown streets"
toward or in the lower or central part of town
a full-service, public educational institution located in the heart of San Antonio at the intersection of Durango Boulevard and Frio Street
A creative method marked by an accelerated, risk-taking, take-no-prisoners style. Psychological comfort zone to beatniks, hippies, punks, anarchists. Also: an actual geographic area of New York City where behavioral norms are allegedly negotiable. This attracts all kinds and provides an easy target for conservatives.
the central area of the city starting at the intersection of Salado and El Paso streets; north on Salado to its intersection with Frio Street; thence northeast in a straight line to the intersection of IH-10 and Cadwalader; south on IH-10 to IH-35; northeast on IH-35 to a perpendicular point connecting with Cherry Street; south on Cherry Street to Durango Boulevard; west on Durango to the San Antonio River; south along the San Antonio River to Arsenal Street; west on Arsenal to El Paso Street; and then west on El Paso to Salado.
(see also uptown) city centre
In American and Canadian cities, the term downtown refers to the heart of a city, which is usually the city's central business district. This is by analogy with its coinage in New York City, where downtown was first used to refer to the original town on southern tip of the island of Manhattan. As the town of New York grew into a city, the only direction it could grow on the island was toward the north, increasingly upriver from the original settlement.
"Downtown" is a pop song composed by Tony Hatch following a first-time visit to New York City. It was his original intention to present it to The Drifters, but when British singer Petula Clark heard the incomplete tune, she proposed that if he could write lyrics to match the quality of the melody, she would be interested in recording it.
Downtown was an animated series on MTV on urban life, based on interviews with real people. The show follows a diverse and multiracial cast who live in New York City. It was created by Chris Prynoski, a former animator on Beavis and Butt-Head.
The downtown of Miskolc is basically the historical part of the city of Miskolc, Hungary. Most of the other parts of the city were either independent towns and villages previously, or they were built later.
Downtown Vancouver is the term used to describe the southeastern portion of the peninsula in the north-central part of Vancouver proper. It is the business, commercial, cultural, and entertainment centre of the city and also of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
Downtown Athens in Athens, Georgia is generally considered to be the area bounded on the north by Prince Avenue, Dougherty Street and North Avenue; on the South by Broad Street and the University of Georgia campus; on the West by Milledge Avenue; and on the East by Foundry Street.