Should Downtown Be Capitalized?

Capitalization of “downtown”

Every usage guide I’ve found says that “downtown [anywhere]” does not get capitalized.

Yes, it does indicate a specific place, but that has nothing to do with capitalization.

“Downtown” is simply a descriptor, an adjective, and as such it doesn’t form a proper name phrase.

Is downtown a proper noun?

President is a common noun. President Obama is actually a proper name. Downtown is definitely a common noun. The expression Downtown Detroit would be a proper noun.

How do you know when to capitalize?

Use capitals for proper nouns. In other words, capitalize the names of people, specific places, and things. For example: We don’t capitalize the word “bridge” unless it starts a sentence, but we must capitalize Brooklyn Bridge because it is the name of a specific bridge.

Is downtown LA capitalized?

When referring to the city’s central core, it’s not necessary to capitalize “downtown” either when used alone or when utilized in the phrases “downtown Los Angeles” or “downtown LA.” Also acceptable is “LA County.”

What words should be capitalized?

In general, you should capitalize the first word, all nouns, all verbs (even short ones, like is), all adjectives, and all proper nouns. That means you should lowercase articles, conjunctions, and prepositions—however, some style guides say to capitalize conjunctions and prepositions that are longer than five letters.

What are five proper nouns?

In other words, the names of specific places, persons and things are proper nouns and are capitalized. A proper noun is a name given to individual people, places, companies, or brands. It begin with an upper case. For example, Mr John, Jane, Adidas, Coke, Saturday, Sunday, New Zealand.

Is Christmas a proper noun?

Dear Anonymous, a proper noun is a noun that is always capitalized because it is the specific name of a person, place, or thing. Therefore, “holiday” is not capitalized, but names of holidays are capitalized (e.g., “Christmas,” “Hahukkah,” “Easter,” and the “Fourth of July”).