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Downtown Houston

This article talks about the central business district of Houston, Texas.

Downtown Houston contains the headquarters of many prominent companies. The streets are not as full in downtown compared to other cities, as there is an underground walkway connecting buildings in the area.

Houstonians in general are reluctant to live in downtown. The only large housing in Downtown Houston is the Houston House Apartments. Many whom want to live in the area like to live from often-stylish townhouses in Mid-town.

A noticeable trend is that Houston is becoming more "downtown-centric". The baseball, basketball, and hockey teams had moved into downtown.

Downtown Houston has many notable buildings that form its skyline.

Also, two sports stadiums, the Minute Maid Park (formerly Astros Field, Enron Field, and the Ballpark at Union Station), being built from 1997 to 2001, and the Toyota Center reside in downtown. Downtown's Theatre District, operating out of the Alley Theatre is second in size to that of New York City's district. The George R. Brown Convention Center is also widely used in the city by conventions of various types. A new Hilton hotel is being built right next to it. Downtown only has one large housing complex; Houstonians in general are reluctant to live in downtown.

There is also a noticeable lack of hotels in downtown, partly because demand for lodging exists for other parts of the city that have other attractions. Two noticeable notable hotels downtown are the Hilton Americas hotel, and the Hyatt Regency Houston, which has the Spindletop restaurant, which is on the 30th floor and spins around.

The area is served by five light rail stations on the Red Line of the METRORail light rail system.

There is Chinatown inside downtown Houston, but the Vietnamese there are being forced out due to tax issues.