Date: Mon, 2 Oct 1995 15:36:43 -0400
From: Michael Elkins MELKINS[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ADVOCATE.COM
Subject: Re: downtown/inner city
Tom Uharriet wrote:
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.
For me, going "downtown" paints a picture of going to work, going to
take care of government/etc. business, going shopping (not so much
anymore on this last one). "Inner city" is used to describe the older,
impoverished sections of a city--usually the original downtown and
surrounding area of a city if there are residences present--in order to
differentiate from the newer suburban zones that hopeful homeowners
populated in the post-World War II boom. (Merriam Webster cites its
first evidence of "inner city" as being from 1961.)