RE: RARA-AVIS: Umberto Eco on Spillane

Enrique Bird (
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 16:03:52 -0400

Pat, friends,

Thanks for your note. Actually, I always thought that downtown originally referred to the opposite of your example of uptown; the not-high-class sector of the city, where houses and home-type businesses mix. Incidentally,
"el centro" is used similarily (but not meaning downtown) locally to describe a place like a mall "centro comercial" (although we are beginning to call them malls in Spanish conversations!" or a "centro cultural" cultural center(?) where a particular type of activity is concentrated.

Enrique F. Bird Pic󊼂R>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pat Zeitoun []
> Enrique,,
> Yes 'el centro' is the center, but in the Spanish as spoken in Texas and

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