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Downtown Houston

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This article talks about the central business district of Houston, Texas.

Downtown Houston is Houston's largest business district and the seventh largest in the United States. Downtown Houston contains the headquarters of many prominent companies. The streets are not as full in downtown compared to other cities, as there is an extensive network of tunnels and skywalks connecting the buildings of the district.

Houstonians in general are reluctant to live in downtown. Few large high-rises exist for those looking for a downtown living alternative. Many whom want to live in the area like to live from often-stylish townhouses in Midtown. Realtors and developers had noticed this trend over the years, and started the trend of converting older buildings into more modern and luxurious loft spaces. A number are located around the performance halls of the theatre district and near Main Street.

A noticeable trend is that Houston is becoming more "downtown-centric". The baseball, basketball, and hockey teams had moved into downtown facilities. January 1, 2004 marked the opening of the "new" Main Street, a plaza with many eateries, bars and nightclubs, which brings many visitors to a newly renovated locale. To complete the scene, Main Street Square offers dancing fountains throughout the day and offers a dramatic scene as one of the METRORail trains pass under. Along the Main Street corridor is the original Foley's department store.

Notable buildings

Downtown Houston has many notable buildings that form its skyline.

Other venues

Also, two sports stadiums, the Minute Maid Park (formerly Astros Field, Enron Field, and the Ballpark at Union Station), being built from 1997 to 2001, and the Toyota Center reside in downtown. Downtown's Theatre District, operating out of the Alley Theatre is second in size to that of New York City's district. The George R. Brown Convention Center is also widely used in the city by conventions of various types.

In comparison to other cities, there aren't many major hotels downtown, partly because demand for lodging exists for other parts of the city that have other attractions. Two notable hotels downtown are the Hilton Americas hotel which is connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, and the Hyatt Regency Houston, which has the Spindletop restaurant, which is on the 30th floor and revolves. A number of upscale, botique hotels are also around the Downtown Core.

Retail and transportation

Downtown has The Shops in Houston Center shopping mall . It has around ninety stores and the building itself straddles two city blocks, making it the widest building downtown.

The area is served by five light rail stations on the Red Line of the METRORail light rail system.

Part of Chinatown extends into downtown.

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