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4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage, Alaska
4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. This particular avenue is lined with tourist shops, restaurants, galleries, and the Anchorage Visitor Information Center.

Downtown Anchorage is a neighborhood in the U.S. city of Anchorage, Alaska. Considered the central business district of Anchorage, Downtown has many office buildings, cultural points of interest, shopping areas, as well as dining and nightlife attractions. Today's Downtown was the original site of the Anchorage Land Auction in 1915, which gave rise to today's present-day grid street pattern. The actual original townsite was a tent city located off the banks of Ship Creek, at present-day Government Hill.

Downtown is a major employment center for the greater Anchorage region, drawing commuters from as far away as the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. As of 2002, more than 18,000 people were employed in Downtown.[needs update] The largest industries were services, government, and retail.

Downtown's architecture substantially defines the Anchorage skyline today. The tallest buildings in Alaska are located here, most notably the ConocoPhillips Building and the Atwood Building.

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