Center City: Not Downtown

30Jul08

I don’t care for the name Center City. “Downtown” seems like such a nice, universal term. Why change?

New Yorkers do claim that theirs is the only true downtown, as it is at the southern end of the island. Playing second – or third, or fourth – fiddle on the East Coast would make me want to be different. And accurate. 

But I’d rather go European and say “center.” It’s logical and less separate sounding. And, maybe most importantly, fewer syllables. 

 

A west-bound SEPTA subway train from the 52nd Street Station platform, in West Philly.

A west-bound SEPTA subway train from the 52nd Street Station platform, in West Philly.

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