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Old 01-29-2012, 07:30 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I live in Philadelphia, and we don't have a "downtown Philadelphia" ... it is called "Center City."

In most of the United States, towns and cities have a central business and/or commercial district that is referred to as "Downtown." Anyone old enough - like me - remember the Petula Clark hit song "Downtown"? Anyway, here in Pennsylvania some other towns - like Allentown I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) - also have a Center City, not a Downtown.

I'm just curious.

What town or city do you live in? What do you call the central commercial area? Are there any cities that give it another name besides Center City or Downtown?

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Old 01-29-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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Default Reading = Downtown

When you go to Reading to the Reading Royals Hockey game or the Peanut Bar, you're downtown.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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Upper Darby has a downtown, at the area of 69th street and Market. It's the downtown because it's on the very edge of the township and is the most urban part. People who aren't from here probably mistake that part as being a part of West Philly.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:31 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Upper Darby has a downtown, at the area of 69th street and Market. It's the downtown because it's on the very edge of the township and is the most urban part. People who aren't from here probably mistake that part as being a part of West Philly.
That's where the terrific Korean supermarket - H Mart - is! I like shopping there and having lunch in the little Asian food court up the escalator.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: NE PA
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In Scranton, its downtown. Although there are some highways signs that call it "central city," nobody calls it that.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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Harrisburg has a "downtown". I don't think anybody ever says "center city Harrisburg". Even if they did, the center of our city is closer to somewhere around uptown. I think the differentiation is one of those regional things, like how folks in LA will say "take the 405", but nobody out here would ever say "take the 81".
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Philly
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Philadelphia has a downtown...has for sometime, though most now use the 60's planning name, center city
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Growing up in Lebanon, PA, we used the term "uptown". Nobody called it downtown or Center City. Using the local dutchified pronunciation you'd hear, "we're goin' uptahn, nah".

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Old 01-30-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Philly
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Growing up in Lebanon, PA, we used the term "uptown". Nobody called it downtown or Center City. Using the local dutchified pronunciation you'd hear, "we're goin' uptahn, nah".
huh, so pittsburgh isn't the only place with the "tahn" thing going on?

btw, I've actually heard some people in south philly refer to center city in philadelphia as uptown since, well, it IS uptown for them
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh is "Downtown", but we also can reference it as the "Golden Triangle" because our central business district lies on a narrow isthmus between the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers as they flow to form the Ohio River at the "point" of the isthmus, opposite Downtown.
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