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Old 09-30-2016, 12:23 PM
 
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New York will probably have the hardest "downtown" to pin down. For Mid-town, I'd say it runs from 59th St down to maybe 23rd st, excluding Murray Hill. For lower Manhattan, it's Canal and below, excluding Chinatown.

Chicago: The Loop, Mag Mile, Streeterville, River North, PARTS of South Loop.

Boston: Downtown Crossing, Theater District, Chinatown, West End, PART of the Back Bay
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Old 10-01-2016, 04:46 PM
 
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Toronto has a downtown area that's more like a "greater downtown" definition.

Bathurst to the Don River, below the CPR tracks.
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:46 PM
 
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It's such as subjective thing.

In Seattle, one of the standard questions is whether First Hill is "downtown" because it's most hospitals and housing vs. commercial business. The same question would apply to any mixed-use district.

I typically say "greater downtown" to imply a larger area.
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Old 10-01-2016, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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It's such as subjective thing.

In Seattle, one of the standard questions is whether First Hill is "downtown" because it's most hospitals and housing vs. commercial business. The same question would apply to any mixed-use district.

I typically say "greater downtown" to imply a larger area.
I blame the I-5 trench for bisecting downtown Seattle. Were we to have an unscathed urban fabric, Seattle's core would psychologically not seem so constrained. Also, I chock up many neighborhood arguments to mere changes in the street grid. Again, I would've preferred if downtown Seattle applied either a strictly cardinal grid or strictly followed the CBD grid.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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Downtown DC is odd to define. I say it's anything from the White House to the Chinatown Arch, north of Pennsylvania Avenue and south of New York Avenue/K Street. The rest of 'Downtown' is either Chinatown, Golden Triangle, Federal Center or Penn Quarter.
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Old 10-02-2016, 05:11 AM
 
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In Seattle, ocean to Broadway, around south lake Union to Dearborn street.
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:15 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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It's all relative and often based on perspective. Those in the far flung burbs will have a different idea of what downtown means than will those within the core cities themselves, and those opinions will be different from the opinions of the people who live in the very core of the cities.
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:42 AM
 
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Anything that's not a suburb
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Old 10-02-2016, 06:02 PM
 
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Everything from the Southern tip of Manhattan to 59th st, and maybe a little bit beyond, forms one giant downtown of NY in my opinion.
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Old 10-02-2016, 06:09 PM
 
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Downtown Boston is the Original Shawmut Peninsula except for Copps Hill, that's the North End.
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