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Old 04-05-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: The City
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Dallas/ Ft. Worth has quite a few from what i can tell.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Los Angeles metro has....

Downtown LA
Mid-Wilshire
Century City


If you want, you can include:

Downtown Burbank, Glendale and Long Beach but those are really their own cities that are often included.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:55 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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New York metro:

Downtown / Lower Manhattan:



Midtown Manhattan:



(in background)



Midtown is a bit better at being mixed use than downtown with shops at street level almost everywhere.

Downtown Brooklyn:



Downtown Jersey City:



Contains the tallest skyscraper (781 ft) outside of a metro's principal city.

Downtown Newark:



Downtown White Plains:



all photos from the city's wiki pages, except for the second Midtown Manhattan photo (taken by me)
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Houston, it's got Downtown, the Galleria, and Citycentre.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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In Chicago, tourists mistakenly refer to the "Loop" as downtown. The Loop is the business district. Downtown is north of the Loop and includes the Magnificant Mile (shopping).
Yes. It just so happen that since the 1950s, Chicago went through a SIGNIFICANT skyscraper boom that spread southward.

Corerct me if I'm wrong, but "downtown" Chicago was actually centered around the area where the John Hancock building is, yes?
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:17 AM
 
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I agree with the term "Downtown Area" being a bit vague. There's a gazillion small towns that have downtown areas with main streets, movie theaters, businesses, offices, etc. Would all of those near large cities be incorporated into their metro areas? If so, then every metro area would have at least several downtowns.

Another way to ask this question might be: Which metro areas have sizable skyline districts? I am sure there would be arguments as to what constitutes "sizable", but I think in most cases people know it when they see it.

In this case, for Houston, my current adopted city in the U.S. I would say certainly:

Downtown
Galleria/Uptown
Med Center

Other potential skyline districts or up and comers:

Greenway Plaza
The Woodlands
Memorial City
Energy Corridor
Galveston
Greenspoint

I would say Baytown and Conroe do not fall into these categories, as there central business districts are similar to those of a small town.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Hmm, there is a lot of murkiness in definition. I'm going to go with a strict CBD for this purpose. My main reasoning for this is that there are lots of areas that might fulfill the concept of downtown (centrally located place with shopping, business, other commerce, transportation infrastructure, and cultural institutions) that just aren't going to qualify for a discussion like this. I give as an example my neighborhood that has an area fulfilling all of the elements I've described, and is even sometimes called downtown by the locals. But it is small, and definitely not a major focal point of the larger region. So, on to the list for Boston:

  • Financial District
  • Back Bay
  • Longwood Medical Area
  • Kendal Square

Each of these is a large scale business district supporting tens of thousands of jobs, served by subway, major highways, filled with towers, etc. All but Kendal Square (in Cambridge) are in Boston Proper, and I include Kendal because it is so close to the city. I do not include places like the Route 128 corridor, which while a major employment region, does not qualify as a downtown regarding the other elements.
This list is very good however I would add the Harvard Square and Central Square areas especially as Central Square essentially goes all the way up to Harvard Square along Mass. Ave.

THe Seaport District (Innovation District) area is starting to become a part of the downtown and once it is fully built out will probably be considered a part of downtown.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Similarly, Dallas & Fort Worth, Tampa & St. Petersburg, San Fransisco & Oakland, etc.
I would go so far as to say that Fort Worth has two "downtown" areas - true "downtown" and then the stockyards.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Philadelphia has Center City (tallest building 975 feet), University City (tallest building 437 feet, the fastest growing skyline in the metro) and Wilmington, DE (tallest building 330 feet).

If allowing CSA, Reading (tallest building 275 feet. Not many highrises but a dense walkable downtown none-the-less) and Atlantic City (tallest building 709 feet and tallest building outside of Philadelphia in the area) would also be included.

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