Date: Mon, 2 Oct 1995 15:36:43 -0400 From: Michael Elkins Subject: Re: downtown/inner city Tom Uharriet wrote: > 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. -------- 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.)