Downtown vs city centreAs Robert Fogelson recounts in his 2001 history "Downtown: Its Rise and Fall," the term's meaning eventually came unmoored from simple polar orientation. By the 1850s downtown referred not just to lower Manhattan as a specific geographic place but also to the city's business community more generally. Soon cities across the United States were adopting the term for their own central business districts.
For some cities, you might think of CTD as well as CBD (Central Tourism District). I would say this is especially true in downtowns where businesses (retail, etc.) have moved to the suburbs but there is still a vibrant downtown driven by tourism.Thank you. My current notes include some of the following ideas (trying to not quote my notes too directly in case I ever publish what is currently a draft of a blog post):
Historic urban core
Location of government services
I guess it depends for what specific purpose... For the purposes of establishing DDA boundary limits? An overlay district? Simply as part of a narrative for a Master Plan?Good sources for trying to define the local downtown area?