Date: Mon, 2 Oct 1995 14:11:44 -0400
From: "J. Russell King" JRKing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: downtown/inner city
When did "downtown" become "inner-city"?
As a child, I used to go downtown to the heart of Los Angeles. Now
it the inner-city.
Great question. I noticed a couple of weeks ago in part of the flood of
articles about General Colin Powell a statement to the effect that "Powell
would be the first President who grew up in the inner city." The area around
Gramercy Park where Theodore Roosevelt was born and raised is about as urban
and inner as any part of a city could be, if the definition is only
geographical. I suspect that it isn't "downtown" that's become "inner city,"
it's "slums" or "black neighborhoods" that have become "inner city." The
connotation is almost invariably racial and economic, isn't it?