That portion of a municipality in which the dominant land use is for intense business activity. This district is characterized by large numbers of pedestrians, commercial vehicle loadings of goods and people, a heavy demand for parking space, and high parking turnover.
Melbourne's gridded original street layout designed by Robert Hoddle bounded by the Yarra River, Spring Street, La Trobe Street and Spencer Street, as well as the triangular area to the north bounded by Victoria, Peel and La Trobe Streets. This is part of the larger Central Activities District.
The focus or nucleus of an urban area, containing the major concentration of commercial (and sometimes administrative) land uses. Shops, offices, some warehouses and an entertainment district are usually present in CBD areas.
The hub of retailing in a city. It is the largest shopping area in that city and is synonymous with the term "downtown." The CBD exists where there is the greatest concentration of office buildings and retail stores.
The functional centre around which the rest of a city is comparison shopping, office accommodation, leisure facilities, buildings for recreational use, public museums, art galleries and governmental functions. Generally the area of highest land values within a city.
An area characterised by a high concentration of retail businesses, offices, 'service' businesses, theatres and hotels with a high traffic flow. For statistical purposes, this area is specifically defined for individual cities because no strict rules for determination exist.
A Central business district (CBD) or downtown is a commercial heart of a city. Downtown is the usual term in North America. In the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, parts of South Africa and New Zealand, the term "central business district" is used by geographers and sometimes colloquially.
The Central Business District is one of the main business centres of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the most dense collection of skyscrapers in Africa, however due to white flight and urban blight, many of the buildings are unoccupied as tenants have left for more secure locations in the Northern Suburbs, in particular Sandton and Rosebank. There are significant movements to revive the area for gentrification.