Date: Mon, 2 Oct 1995 09:38:15 -0600 From: Bruce Gelder Subject: Re: 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. I'm not convinced that they're the same semantically, although there's usually plenty of overlap in the realizations of the words, especially when they are used to describe areas of megalopolises such as the sprawling LA areas. To me, "downtown" simply suggests a centrally located business district. "Inner city" connotes several negative things about the area, such as poverty, high crime, and so forth. Since downtown areas are where inner city area tend to form, I'd be willing to bet that that's why the words overlap in function. -Bruce