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Old 03-26-2014, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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As opposed to city centre. I don't know why, but I think it sounds stupid. I first heard it used by some annoying-looking girl on a real-estate show, House Hunters International, so maybe that's why I can't stand hearing it now.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I've never heard that phrase.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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It is what Philadelphia has always called it's downtown area. It would annoy me if other cities are starting to do it though.


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Old 03-27-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I've never heard that phrase.
Me neither until very recently. Once on this show I described in the OP, and then I just ran in to the phrase somewhere again yesterday.

Interesting that it is a Philadelphia thing. I don't think either of my encounters were related to it.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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It sounds like something out of Robocop. It is the worst name for a downtown in the US.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It does not annoy me but it sounds more like a proper name for a district or neighbourhood than a generic name for the central part of a city like downtown, city centre or simply "the city".
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Each city call the "city centre" in a different way.
In some cities of Germany and Austria the centre is called "Innere Stadt" (literally "inner city"). In New York, if I'm not wrong, the "city centre" is the island of Manhattan and people doesn't use this name, rather they use words like "downtown", "uptown", "midtown". In London people uses "the city". In São Paulo there is the "old centre" and the "new centre", but people often refer to both and the neighbourhoods around simply as "the centre".
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:28 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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In Australia they use the term "CBD," Central Business District.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:51 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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In Australia they use the term "CBD," Central Business District.
Well... a CBD is not necessarily the same thing as the city centre.
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Well... a CBD is not necessarily the same thing as the city centre.
It generally is. The absolute 'centre' of cities in Australia is usually either the General Post Office (GPO) or town hall. This is invariably in the CBD. Distances are often measured from the GPO.
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