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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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  • A compact downtown area. Withing easy walking distance were lots of restaurant choices, the wonderful capitol building, book stores, shops and an artists' gallery. A nice afternoon. 
  • Other than the state Capitol building and perhaps Saint Patrick's Cathedral it's a bit of a lonely city. I saw too many empty storefronts in the downtown corridor. Strawberry Commons was lacking inter...  more »
  • The city itself is not impressive scale and Center it (except for the beautiful Capitol, which is really a must-see), in General, does not differ from the center of the average provincial American town. From pluses-very compact, within walking distance from the railway station and bus station of Greyhound, and quite a lot of cute little houses and churches.
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