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downtown [1]click to hear

Central district of a city where the main cultural, economic and commercial activities are carried out.
downtown [1] quadrangle hotel auditorium opera house university courthouse city hall office building central business district shopping street bus station railroad track railroad station street boulevard car dealer supermarket service station post office museum library theater educational institution cemetery church convention center hospital police station fire station apartment building park alley avenue

quadrangle click to hear

A four-sided enclosure or court surrounded by buildings (classrooms, dorms, etc.).

hotel click to hear

Business establishment that lodges people for a fee.

auditorium click to hear

Establishment built to present plays, shows, dance performances, concerts and so forth.

opera house click to hear

A theater that stages musical drama with orchestral accompaniment.

university click to hear

Buildings and campus that make up an institution of higher learning.

courthouse click to hear

Building that houses the courts.

city hall click to hear

Building that houses the municipal government.

office building click to hear

Building that houses professional and administrative offices.

central business district click to hear

Area that contains the highest concentration of buildings in which the city’s economic activities are carried out.

bus station click to hear

Structures and facilities required for transporting people and cargo by bus.

railroad track click to hear

A pair of parallel rails laid end to end and on which trains run.

railroad station click to hear

Covered building for the public where trains and passengers arrive and depart.

street click to hear

Thoroughfare built inside a city and usually lined with buildings.

boulevard click to hear

Broad often landscaped thoroughfare.

car dealer click to hear

Dealership where cars of a particular brand are sold; the owner often has exclusive selling rights to a given region.

supermarket click to hear

Large self-service retail market that sells a variety of food and household products.

service station click to hear

Commercial establishment comprising one or several gasoline pumps and carrying out general maintenance of vehicles.

post office click to hear

Building where mail is processed and various postal services are offered to the public.

museum click to hear

Establishment where works of art and other objects of interest are stored and exhibited.

library click to hear

Building where items such as books, periodicals and audio materials are classified for consultation or loan.

theater click to hear

Building designed to present dramatic performances.

educational institution click to hear

Building or complex of buildings housing educational facilities (school, junior college, university, etc.).

cemetery click to hear

Place where the dead are buried.

church click to hear

Place of Christian worship.

convention center click to hear

Vast building that houses the facilities required to stage a variety of events and meetings.

hospital click to hear

Establishment where the sick are given medical and surgical care and where babies are born.

police station click to hear

Building that houses crime prevention personnel and offices.

fire station click to hear

Building designed to house firefighters, fire trucks and fire-fighting materials.

apartment building click to hear

Building usually with several floors and containing individual housing units.

park click to hear

Area of a city usually where trees are planted; it is used for recreation or leisure.

alley click to hear

Narrow road usually situated behind buildings; an alley allows public service vehicles to pass (waste collection, fire trucks, etc.).

avenue click to hear

Thoroughfare broader than a street; it services a district or an area of a city.