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Downtown Harrisburg, Harrisburg

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Downtown Harrisburg, is the central core business and government center which surrounds the focal point of Market Square, and serves as the regional center for the greater metropolitan area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA.Harrisburg's downtown Center City comprises the original 80acre borough laid out in a grid pattern by John Harris in 1785. East-west streets are named and north-south streets are numbered. Market Street, running east-west, is the dividing point between north and south street designations. Sightseeing is probably best done on foot downtown and by car elsewhere.Harrisburg's Central Business District includes the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex and other state government offices, the Dauphin County Courthouse and other county government offices, City of Harrisburg offices, and other, non-government related commercial retail and office development. Some residential development, both in apartment high-rises and in the upper floors of mixed commercial/residential use buildings, is also located in the downtown area.Downtown is bordered in the northwest by the mixed commercial/residential use Capitol District, in the west by the Susquehanna River, in the southwest by the largely residential Shipoke neighborhood, in the south by Interstate 83, in the east by Amtrak and Norfolk Southern Railway lines, and in the north by Midtown Harrisburg, a mixed-use commercial and residential neighborhood. Forster Street is usually considered the boundary between Downtown and Midtown Harrisburg. City Island, located in the middle of the Susquehanna River directly west of downtown, is typically considered part of Downtown Harrisburg.
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  • Harrisburg gets a bad rap. There are lots of beautiful places in the center of town, along the river, out on city island. Of course there's crime and you need to be careful, but with proper precaution...  more »
  • Capitol complex is a must see which you can easily spend a whole day visiting. The Capitol building is a hidden gem with jaw dropping murals and great beauty inside and out.  more »
  • The city offers no free parking and discussing with various business owners they recognize the fault is threefold as state, county, and city who are unable to support a free parking area or fair price...  more »

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