A while back, Alderman Frink sent me some census stats on downtown and its population of both residents and workers. Anyway, I was curious how downtown was defined in the study, so I looked more into the statistics, and found that it defined downtown as the zip code 52801. Finding zip code maps online for free is nearly impossible (try it) but the only one I've found is here. If you enter 52801, it shows the boundaries as being the river to the south and east, Gaines/Brown to the west, and 5th/Federal to the north over to River Drive again. I found this to be decently close to my vision of downtown's boundaries, which I've drawn below using Google Maps.
I made this in about a minute, so I'm sure that it doesn't entirely reflect even my opinion. My point, however, is that I think we all have different definitions of what is and isn't part of downtown. Is Central High School downtown? Is Kraft (Oscar Mayer) or even Ralston? To the east, is the former Wonder Bakery downtown? The Cityview has been called a downtown apartment building, but to me anything at the top of the hill is above downtown.
When the QCTimes pushed to kick River Gulf and Builders off their leased riverfront land to keep their cars from getting dusty, they referred to those businesses as downtown. At the time I thought to myself that those businesses were on the fringe of downtown if anything. When I went to draw the map I started with the railroad embankment as the northern border, and then realized I was mapping myself out of downtown. I consider the warehouse district to be downtown, but I could see how others might not.
What do you people consider the boundaries of downtown Davenport to be?