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Introduction to Boston's Downtown


This is the place where America's past and present converge with tomorrow's innovation. It's where the milestones of freedom are never forgotten. Entrepreneurs and immigrants have flocked here to forge their dreams. Downtown Boston is an exciting place where colonial cobblestones run alongside towering skyscrapers. Renowned colleges are graced with beautiful New England trees in Boston's most prominent commercial and financial district. Some of the world's largest corporations have made this neighborhood their home, along with the growing influx of new residents moving into revitalized residential areas.

Upscale hotels serve visitors and business travelers alike in Boston's classic Downtown district. Some of America's most defining moments were forged here at the Old State Capitol, the Boston Common, and through The Freedom Trail. But the sights don't stop there. The city developed a new Business Improvement District within the historic Washington, Winter, and Summer Streets, where visitors can experience the blend of vibrant local markets, retail shops, and national brand businesses. Also known as Downtown Crossing, as many as 250,000 pedestrians per day search for their next greatest bargain in this notable shopping area. 

There's a delicious eatery around every corner if you happen to get hungry while you explore Boston, with almost every type of cuisine imaginable. From surf to turf, sandwiches to coffee, beer, and dessert, you'll find tasty flavors for any occasion and time of the day. There's Italian, Korean, Irish, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Cuban fare, too. Let's not forget Boston's own local flavors, either. A steaming bowl of baked beans or fluffy cream pie are must-haves for every Boston native. If that's not enough, delicious Asian delights in the neighboring Chinatown district are sure to entertain and satisfy every budget. 

Even with the marvelous array of eateries and fine goods, Boston is not complete without its taste for culture and intelligence. Suffolk University, Urban College, and Emerson College have campuses in the Downtown neighborhood itself. Museums abound in the city that focus on diverse educational assets. The Museum of African American History memorializes the important role of African Americans, while The Vilna Shul is Boston's Center for Jewish Culture in America and beyond. The Boston Athenaeum is a gorgeous 19th Century library and art museum. Families have a blast seeing the striking resemblance of historic figures in the Dreamland Wax Museum. This doesn't include, of course, the numerous historic sites all over the District, of which several of them date back to the Revolutionary War. City Hall Plaza comes to life with vibrant concerts and summer festivals. The Downtown District is also adjacent to historic theaters like the Paramount, Modern, and Opera House. World-class venues are played here, including longstanding Broadway productions. 

Many of these places are within easy walking distance for Downtown residents, complete with remarkable green spaces. Dewey Square, Boston Common, and The Rose Kennedy Greenway are favorite places to relax and take a break. A variety of housing options range from historic apartments to glass towers overlooking the beautiful blue Boston Harbor. 

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