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Master_Winchester t1_ixvfu1k wrote

Yeah I use downtown as a shortcut of saying I'm going into the city (from a suburb or outer neighborhood). I think of it as the dense urban area inclusive of most central neighborhoods. Then center city is literal the neighborhood known as center city. But that's just my personal use


Academiabrat t1_iy2k9ub wrote

I guess Reading and Allentown followed the term the big city used. Rochester though?

Some big city downtowns are in the center of their city, but many are not. Many are at the edge of their city by the water, like in Chicago and San Francisco.