Downtown Houston is Houston's central business district, containing the headquarters of many prominent companies. There is an extensive network of pedestrian tunnels and skywalks connecting the buildings of the district. The tunnel system is home to many restaurants, shops and services.
Downtown Houston is a 1,178-acre (1.841 sq mi) area bounded by Interstate 45, Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59, and Interstate 10/U.S. Highway 90. Several districts exist in Downtown Houston. They include:
- Historic – This was the original town center of Houston and dates from the 19th century. The center of the historic district is the Market Square, where the original city hall building stood.
- Warehouse – Home to Houston’s funky alternative art scene, unique dining options, live music, artists’ studios and downtown’s first lofts.
- Harris County – The district includes the Harris County courts complex, and the University of Houston–Downtown is on the edge of the district.
- Ballpark – Includes Minute Maid Park and surrounding restaurants, lofts, and office space.
- Convention – Includes the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, the Toyota Center, and some of the largest hotels in the city.
- Skyline – Includes many skyscrapers and forms the base of Downtown's employment. The buildings are connected by the extensive underground tunnel network.
- Shopping – Main Street Square has a pavilion and fountains built around the Main Street Square Station – GreenStreet and the Shops at Houston Center are in the area.
- Theater – The 17 block area includes many performing arts venues, Bayou Place, and the Houston Aquarium restaurant
- Civic Center – Contains the core of Houston's government, including City Hall – the Houston Public Library Central Library is also here,
- Medical – Includes St. Joseph Medical Center, residential properties and the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral campus.
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