The town centre is the term used to refer to the commercial or geographical centre or core area of a town.
Town centres are traditionally associated with shopping or retail. They are also the centre of communications with major public transport hubs such as train or bus stations. Public buildings including town halls, museums and libraries are often found in town centres.
Town centres are symbolic to settlements as a whole and often contain the best examples of architecture, main landmark buildings, statues and public spaces associated with a place.
... Castlebawn is a proposed £250 million, 75-acre (300,000 m2), shopping centre and retail park in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland ... create up to 2,000 jobs, will extend the town centre and edge of centre southwards in a three-stage development, which is expected to completed by 2012 ... with 12 retail warehousing units, as a well as a shopping centre ...
... Traditionally, the town was known for its social clubs, mainly connected with the Labour Party and the Roman Catholic Church ... The town centre has exploded over this time with many new or relaunched drinking establishments ... around Westfield Street and Bridge Street in the town centre ...
... Cumbernauld town centre is the main shopping centre for the New town of Cumbernauld, Scotland ... and was the world's first multi-level, multi-function, covered town centre, within a single structure ... The centre has now been expanded by the newly completed addition of the Antonine Centre ...
... and the whole of Merseyside is Billinge Hill, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north from the town centre ... The town is landlocked with a stream running through, Mill Brook/Windle Brook running through Eccleston and connecting with the (disused) St ... Helens Branch/Section of the Sankey Canal in the town centre ...
... The first example in the UK of a purposely planned commercial or town centre is Newcastle's Grainger Town in the 1840s ... As changes in shopping patterns occurred, town centres have been forced to adapt and meet those changes ... Comprehensive redevelopment of many British town centres occurred in the 1960s and 1970s ...
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“In the centre of his cage
The pacing animal
Surveys the jungle cove
And slicks his slithering wiles
To turn the venereal awl
In the livid wound of love.”
—Allen Tate (18991979)
“Speak the speech ... trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it ... I had as lief the town crier had spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say the whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)