City centre

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A city centre is the commercial, cultural and often the historical, political, and geographic heart of a city, especially those in the Western world.wikipedia
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A city centre is the commercial, cultural and often the historical, political, and geographic heart of a city, especially those in the Western world.
Present-day cities usually form the core of larger metropolitan areas and urban areas—creating numerous commuters traveling towards city centres for employment, entertainment, and edification.

Downtown

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In the United States, the term "downtown" is generally used, though a few cities, like Philadelphia, use the term "Center City". However, noticeably, in the United States, the term "downtown" is commonly used to denote a city centre, and in Canada the terms "city centre" and "downtown" are used interchangeably.
In British English, the term "city centre" is most often used instead.

Central business district

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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.
Geographically, it often coincides with the "city centre" or "downtown", but the two concepts are separate: many cities have a central business district located away from its commercial or cultural city centre or downtown, or even several CBDs at once.

Amsterdam-Centrum

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The city centre of Amsterdam is Centrum, the historical heart of the city, but the CBD areas of Amsterdam are Omval in the southeast and Zuidas, in the south.
Amsterdam-Centrum is the inner-most borough and historical city centre of Amsterdam, Netherlands containing the majority of the city's landmarks.

Inner city

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The term inner city has been used, especially in the US, as a euphemism for lower-income residential districts in the downtown or city centre.

Town centre

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Western world

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A city centre is the commercial, cultural and often the historical, political, and geographic heart of a city, especially those in the Western world.

British English

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The term "city centre" is primarily used in British English, and closely equivalent terms exist in other languages, such as "centre-ville" in French, Stadtzentrum in German, or shìzhōngxīn in Chinese.

United States

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In the United States, the term "downtown" is generally used, though a few cities, like Philadelphia, use the term "Center City". However, noticeably, in the United States, the term "downtown" is commonly used to denote a city centre, and in Canada the terms "city centre" and "downtown" are used interchangeably.

Canada

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However, noticeably, in the United States, the term "downtown" is commonly used to denote a city centre, and in Canada the terms "city centre" and "downtown" are used interchangeably.

Australia

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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.

Melbourne

Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, VictoriaGreater Melbourne
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.

South Africa

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In South Africa, "CBD" is used in formal contexts, but in informal contexts, the city centre is referred to as "town", and despite the growth of decentralised CBDs such as Sandton and Umhlanga "town" continues to refer to the original CBDs of cities.

Sandton

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In South Africa, "CBD" is used in formal contexts, but in informal contexts, the city centre is referred to as "town", and despite the growth of decentralised CBDs such as Sandton and Umhlanga "town" continues to refer to the original CBDs of cities.

Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal

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In South Africa, "CBD" is used in formal contexts, but in informal contexts, the city centre is referred to as "town", and despite the growth of decentralised CBDs such as Sandton and Umhlanga "town" continues to refer to the original CBDs of cities.

Paris

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A clear example is Paris: La Défense is the central business district of Paris, but it is not the city centre.

La Défense

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A clear example is Paris: La Défense is the central business district of Paris, but it is not the city centre.

Sydney

Sydney, AustraliaSydney, New South WalesSydney, New South Wales, Australia
In Sydney and Brisbane, for example, the term "CBD" is the preferred term for the city centre.

Brisbane

Brisbane, QueenslandBrisbane, AustraliaBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
In Sydney and Brisbane, for example, the term "CBD" is the preferred term for the city centre.

Canberra

Canberra, AustraliaCanberra, Australian Capital TerritoryCanberra, ACT
The term "CBD" is not often used in Canberra; its "city centre" is usually identified as the district called "City" or "Civic".

Civic, Australian Capital Territory

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The term "CBD" is not often used in Canberra; its "city centre" is usually identified as the district called "City" or "Civic".

Chinese language

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In Chinese, the urban centre of a city is called the "city centre" or "urban core".

Beijing central business district

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For example, Beijing's historical city centre is defined by the former city walls and remains the political and cultural centre of the city, but Beijing's CBD sits in Chaoyang District, to the east of the historical city; Shanghai's city centre was defined by the Old Chinese City, the International Settlement and the French Concession and sat on the west bank of the Huangpu River, whereas the modern financial district is concentrated on Lujiazui, a newly developed area across the river from the traditional city centre (although parts of the traditional city centre remain key financial and business centres).

Chaoyang District, Beijing

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For example, Beijing's historical city centre is defined by the former city walls and remains the political and cultural centre of the city, but Beijing's CBD sits in Chaoyang District, to the east of the historical city; Shanghai's city centre was defined by the Old Chinese City, the International Settlement and the French Concession and sat on the west bank of the Huangpu River, whereas the modern financial district is concentrated on Lujiazui, a newly developed area across the river from the traditional city centre (although parts of the traditional city centre remain key financial and business centres).

Shanghai

Shanghai, ChinaSHAShanghai Municipality
For example, Beijing's historical city centre is defined by the former city walls and remains the political and cultural centre of the city, but Beijing's CBD sits in Chaoyang District, to the east of the historical city; Shanghai's city centre was defined by the Old Chinese City, the International Settlement and the French Concession and sat on the west bank of the Huangpu River, whereas the modern financial district is concentrated on Lujiazui, a newly developed area across the river from the traditional city centre (although parts of the traditional city centre remain key financial and business centres).