Central business district

Midtown Manhattan in New York City, the largest central business district in the United States
La Défense, as seen from the Eiffel Tower
Central business district of Frankfurt, Germany
Jakarta CBD seen from south Jakarta
San Isidro, CBD in Lima, Peru
The Downtown Core and the Singapore River Planning Area as viewed from the eastern bank of the Singapore River, with the CBD located on its western bank. Raffles Place can be clearly identified by the dense concentration of skyscrapers.
Cape Town CBD skyline as seen from a rooftop in De Waterkant
Avenida Paulista at night
Sydney central business district
Melbourne central business district
Brisbane central business district
Perth central business district
Adelaide central business district
Darwin central business district
Bocagrande in Cartagena, the largest CBD in Colombia's Caribbean Region
Parque Berrío in Medellín, the second largest CBD in Colombia
Cali's Downtown it is the largest CBD in Colombia's Pacific Region
North Point CBD in Bogotá, the third largest in the city.
Grand Bay Club in Barranquilla, the second largest CBD in the city
Connaught Place, New Delhi
Nariman Point, Mumbai
Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
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Makati Central Business District
Ortigas Center
business centre in Warsaw
business centre in Katowice
MIBC in Moscow is one of the largest financial centres in Europe and the world—featuring some of Europe's tallest skyscrapers.
Yekaterinburg-City in Yekaterinburg is the second-largest central business district in Russia.
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AZCA and CTBA business districts in Madrid
22@ district in Barcelona
business district in Valencia
Taipei's CBD skyline, with Taipei 101 in the background(Xinyi Special District).
New Taipei(Sanchong, Xinzhuang and Wugu.)
New Taipei(Banqiao)
Taichung's 7th Redevelopment Zone is the main CBD of Taichung.
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Commercial and business center of a city.

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Midtown Manhattan in New York City, the largest central business district in the United States

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Midtown Manhattan

Central portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan and serves as the city's primary central business district.

Central portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan and serves as the city's primary central business district.

in January 2020
Midtown Manhattan as viewed from the Empire State Building
Madison Square Garden
Times Square (2013), one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections
"Korea Way" on 32nd Street in Manhattan's Koreatown (맨해튼 코리아타운)
The United Nations Secretariat Building at the United Nations Headquarters
Herald Square, with Macy's
The MetLife Building (formerly Pan Am Building)
NYPD 14th (Midtown South) Precinct
Engine Co. 54/Ladder Co. 4/Battalion 9
USPS Grand Central Station
New York Public Library Main Branch
Grand Central Terminal, seen from 42nd Street
Midtown Manhattan viewed from Weehauken, New Jersey, in September 2021, in the afternoon.
Midtown Manhattan viewed from Weehauken, New Jersey, in September 2021, at sunset.
Midtown Manhattan viewed from Weehauken, New Jersey, in September 2021, at night.

Midtown Manhattan is the largest central business district in the world and ranks among the most expensive pieces of real estate; Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan commands the world's highest retail rents, with average annual rents at US3,000 $/ft2 in 2017.

Midtown Manhattan, New York City, is the largest residential and central business district in the United States.

Downtown

Term primarily used in North America by English speakers to refer to a city's sometimes commercial, cultural and often the historical, political and geographic heart.

Term primarily used in North America by English speakers to refer to a city's sometimes commercial, cultural and often the historical, political and geographic heart.

Midtown Manhattan, New York City, is the largest residential and central business district in the United States.
Downtown Manhattan in 1893; looking up Broadway from Barclay Street
Chicago's Rand McNally Building of 1889, the world's first all-steel-framed building, no longer extant
Lower Manhattan, also known as the Financial District, New York City's original downtown and fourth-most populous downtown in the United States
Center City, Philadelphia, the second-most populous downtown in the United States
Downtown Chicago(the Loop), the fifth-most populous downtown in the U.S.
Downtown Los Angeles, the third-most populous downtown in the United States
Downtown Miami
Downtown San Francisco
Financial District, Boston
Downtown Houston
Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts, population 13,000. This scale and style is typical of many small cities in the United States and Canada.
Downtown Providence, Rhode Island, a typical mid-sized American city
Downtown Toronto, Ontario
Downtown Montreal, Quebec
Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia
Downtown Calgary, Alberta

It is often synonymous with its central business district (CBD).

La Défense

La Grande Arche de la Défense and the Yaacov Agam Fountain (1977). The bronze sculpture on the left, seen from the rear, is La Défense de Paris by Louis-Ernest Barrias, after which La Défense is named.
Paris, with the skyscrapers of La Défense in the background and the Eiffel Tower in the foreground taken in 2014
The Grande Arche is the central and defining building of La Défense. It is, with the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, the third arch on the Historical Axis of Paris.
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La Défense is a major business district located three kilometres west of the city limits of Paris.

City of London

The Waterloo Helmet, c. 150–50 BC, found in the River Thames
A surviving fragment of the London Wall, built around AD 200, close to Tower Hill
Plaque near Southwark Bridge noting the activities around the time of King Alfred.
Map of London in about 1300
A pivotal event during the Peasants' Revolt, 1381: their leader Wat Tyler is stabbed by William Walworth, Lord Mayor
The "Woodcut" map of London, dating from the 1560s
Map showing the extent of the Great Fire of London, which destroyed nearly 80% of the City
The 1666 Great Fire as depicted in a 17th-century painting: it depicts Old London Bridge, churches, houses, and the Tower of London as seen from a boat near Tower Wharf
St Paul's Cathedral (pictured 1896) dominated the skyline of the City for centuries — it's current structure by Christopher Wren was completed in 1706, after its medieval predecessor burned with much of the City in the Great Fire of 1666
Guildhall is the ceremonial and administrative centre of the city.
Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor.
John Stuttard, Lord Mayor of the City of London 2006–2007, during the Lord Mayor's Show of 2006.
A map of the wards as they were in the late 19th century.
A map of the wards since 2003
Leadenhall Market is a historic market nestled between Gracechurch Street and Lime Street.
City of London boundary marker
Dragon statue on the Temple Bar monument, which marks the boundary between the City of London and City of Westminster.
City of London arms on a saddle blanket, as seen outside the Royal Courts of Justice during the Lord Mayor's Show, 2011.
Modern borders of the City of London, showing surrounding London boroughs and the pre-1994 boundary (where changed) in red. The area covered by the Inner and Middle Temple is marked in green.
Finsbury Circus, the largest public open space, seen from Tower 42
City of London coat of arms on the street
A City of London Police vehicle on Blackfriars Bridge
The Bank of England, on Threadneedle Street, is the central bank of the United Kingdom.
Paternoster Square, since 2004 the home of the London Stock Exchange
Barbican Centre
The Bank of England (left) and the Royal Exchange (centre) are two of the many significant buildings in the City of London.
The City skyline in 2021, including 20 Fenchurch Street, the Leadenhall Building, 30 St Mary Axe & 22 Bishopgate, the tallest building in the City of London. London Bridge to the bottom left.
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DLR trains link the City directly to Canary Wharf.
The Stansted Express departs from Liverpool Street Station in the city and runs directly to Stansted Airport in Essex.
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Cycleway 6 runs between Elephant & Castle and Kentish Town, passing through the City of London between Blackfriars and Farringdon.
The Maughan Library, King's College London, located on Chancery Lane

The City of London is a city, ceremonial county and local government district that contains the historic centre and constitutes, alongside Canary Wharf, the primary central business district (CBD) of London.

Manchester, England, 2007

Inner city

The term inner city has been used, especially in the United States, as a euphemism for majority-minority lower-income residential districts that often refer to rundown neighborhoods, in a downtown or city centre area.

The term inner city has been used, especially in the United States, as a euphemism for majority-minority lower-income residential districts that often refer to rundown neighborhoods, in a downtown or city centre area.

Manchester, England, 2007
Tampere, Finland, 2012
Kesklinn, Tallinn, Estonia, 2011

Sociologists sometimes turn the euphemism into a formal designation by applying the term inner city to such residential areas, rather than to more geographically central commercial districts.

Frankfurt

Most populous city in the German state of Hesse.

Most populous city in the German state of Hesse.

Often stereotyped as a financial city, Frankfurt is multifaceted, including the entertainment district at Bahnhofsviertel.
The legend of the Frankenfurt (ford of the Franks)
View of Frankfurt am Main, including the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge), by Gustave Courbet (1858)
Frankfurt as seen by the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2A
The 46 Stadtteile (city districts) of central Frankfurt
The central Innenstadt district, as seen by a SkySat satellite
Frankfurt urban area within Hesse
Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann (SPD)
Römer, the city hall
The New Frankfurt Old Town was completed in 2018, including 15 reconstructed historical buildings.
Alte Oper, now a concert hall, at Opernplatz
The Squaire in 2017
Upper section of the Main Tower with a public observation deck at 200 metres
Frankfurt skyline in June 2013, view from south-west
Skyline at dusk, seen from Deutschherrnbrücke (2014)
Top of the Europaturm, a 337 m communications tower
Zeil, Frankfurt's central shopping street
Frankfurt City Forest
The Städel
Senckenberg Natural History Museum
Festhalle Frankfurt
The English Theatre
Palmengarten
The Museumsuferfest in 2005
"OVO" at Luminale 2012
A "Frankfurt kitchen" in the version of 1926 in an Austrian museum
"Bembel" (jug) and "Geripptes" (glass)
Frankfurt Airport (with the fourth runway under construction in 2010) and the Frankfurter Kreuz (lower right corner)
Frankfurter Kreuz
Frankfurt Central Station
S-Bahn at Central Station (underground)
Public transport network
Velotaxi at the Zeil
The new headquarters of the European Central Bank in the Ostend district
Euro-Skulptur
Deutsche Bank Twin Towers
Westend Tower, also known as Westendstraße 1 or Crown Tower, headquarters of DZ Bank
Opernturm, headquarters of UBS Germany, at the Opernplatz
Bull and bear in front of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Messeturm seen from the trade fair premises
Two Lufthansa Airbus A380s at Frankfurt Airport
Industriepark Höchst
Mainova heating plant
Westhafen Tower, home to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
Greek consulate
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Main Forum, home to IG Metall
Editorial department building of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
The Waldstadion (currently known as the Deutsche Bank Park), home of the football club Eintracht Frankfurt
Wiesbaden Kurhaus with the Casino
Roman Empire Army Camp Saalburg
The real Frankenstein Castle
Waldspirale

Frankfurt's central business district, the Bankenviertel, lies about 90 km northwest of the geographic center of the EU at Gadheim, Lower Franconia.

The historic centre of Bardejov, Slovakia–a UNESCO World Heritage Site

City centre

Commercial, cultural and often the historical, political, and geographic heart of a city, especially those in the Western world.

Commercial, cultural and often the historical, political, and geographic heart of a city, especially those in the Western world.

The historic centre of Bardejov, Slovakia–a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Kluuvi, a city centre of Helsinki, Finland

In Australia, the term "Central Business District" is widely used to refer to the city centre, but usage of the term "City Centre" is increasing, especially in Melbourne.

The Canary Wharf area in 1899 showing West India Docks and the Isle of Dogs

Canary Wharf

Area of London, England, located on the Isle of Dogs in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Area of London, England, located on the Isle of Dogs in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The Canary Wharf area in 1899 showing West India Docks and the Isle of Dogs
Plaque on commemorative sculpture of 1987 to the London Docklands Development Corporation as seen in 2021
East view from Cabot Square.
Canary Wharf tube station on the Jubilee line
The A1020 Lower Lea Crossing, heading towards Canary Wharf. A shared use path for cycles and pedestrians also crosses the bridge.
Low cloud and fog at Canary Wharf.
Canary Wharf Pier
Cycle Superhighway 3 passes to the north of Canary Wharf and links the estate to the City of London, Westminster and Hyde Park on a predominantly traffic-free route.

Canary Wharf is defined by the Greater London Authority as being part of London's central business district, alongside Central London.

Chicago Loop

In 1900
Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower, is the third tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
East Monroe Street
View of the Chicago 'L' tracks, 35 East Wacker, and Trump International Hotel and Tower
The northwest corner of the CTA Loop, which was once the busiest railroad junction in the world.
A sign commemorating the terminus of Route 66
The Chicago River is the south border of the Near North Side (right) and the north border of the Loop; the Loop's Near East Side is to the left in this picture.

The Loop, one of Chicago's 77 designated community areas, is the central business district of the city and is the main section of Downtown Chicago.

Gates of the Palace at Lucknow by W. Daniell, 1801

Lucknow

Capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and is also the administrative headquarters of the eponymous district and division.

Capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and is also the administrative headquarters of the eponymous district and division.

Gates of the Palace at Lucknow by W. Daniell, 1801
Chota Imambara is a Shia Muslim Hussainiya and a mausoleum for Muhammad Ali Shah.
The ruins of the Residency at Lucknow show the gunfire it took during the rebellion.
Bada Imambada is famous for its maze called 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa' in Hindi-Urdu. It is built of identical 2.5 feet wide passageways like the one shown in this photograph.
Map of parts of the Old City and the Civil Station, ca 1914
Map of Lucknow city
Tata Consultancy Services Campus at TCS Awadh Park in Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar
HCL Technologies Campus at HCL IT City, Lucknow
Signature Building (Uttar Pradesh Police Headquarter in Lucknow)
New building of Lucknow High Court
Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha
The roads of Lucknow (Gomti Nagar in picture)
Agra–Lucknow Expressway
Purvanchal Expressway
Buses of Lucknow Mahanagar Parivahan Sewa
Alambagh Inter State Terminal
Awadh Bus Station
Lucknow Charbagh railway station
Lucknow Junction railway station
Terminal-2, CCS International Airport
Terminal-2, CCS International Airport
Lucknow Metro
Lucknow Metro Coach
Ghanta Ghar, the tallest clock tower in India
Multi-storey apartments
Brijesh Pathak, Minister of Law & Justice and Additional Energy Resources in Uttar Pradesh, inaugurating the bada mangal festivities at UPNEDA office in Vibhuti Khand (May 2017)
Free food being distributed on a Bada Mangal (May 2017). Bada Mangal is a ritual specific only to Lucknow.
Tunday's Gelawati Kababs, Lucknow's speciality
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A dancer posing during a kathak dance sequence. The dance has its origins in Northern India and especially Lucknow.
BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium
K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow
Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta Stadium
Janeshwar Mishra Park
Ambedkar Memorial Park
Lucknow is known for its dasheri mangoes, which are exported to many countries
Baby elephant at Lucknow Zoo
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow
Indian Institute of Information Technology, Lucknow
La Martiniere College
University of Lucknow
Central Drug Research Institute
Amity University Lucknow Campus, also known as Mango Orchard Campus
BBD groups of colleges Campus in Lucknow
BBD University building in BBD Campus in Lucknow

Morphologically, three clear demarcations exist: The Central business district, which is a fully built up area, comprises Hazratganj, Aminabad and Chowk.