Date: Mon, 2 Oct 1995 11:20:46 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: downtown/inner city >Greetings, >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. > > > > >Tom Uharriet >utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] I used to go downtown in San Antonio; apparently, Petula Clark would have done the same. In Milledgeville, we go downtown; but downtown is also a euphemism for going to a bar downtown. Indeed, I am told that students drive all the way from Alabama to enjoy our weekly, Thursday-night mardi gras. In Philadelphia in the mid-70s people went to center city. I imagine that they still do. "Inner-city" sounds like late 60s social activism at work. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]