Central business district

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Midtown Manhattan in New York City, the largest central business district in the world. Shown is the terraced crown of the Chrysler Building lit at dawn.

A central business district (CBD) is the commercial and business centre of a city. In larger cities, the often call it the city's "financial district". It is often located at the center of the city but not always.

Examples of CBDs include Midtown Manhattan which is the largest central business district in New York City and the Xinyi Planned Area at Taipei

The way a CBD looks is almost depending on the city's history. Cities with strong laws that keep history usually have maximum building height restrictions to retain the character of the history and culture. This is quite common for European cities such as Paris or Vienna. In cities in the New World a single central area or downtown will often contain most of the region's tallest buildings and act both as the CBD and the commercial and cultural city centre. Increasing urbanization in the 21st century have developed megacities, particularly in Asia, that will often have multiple CBDs scattered across the urban area.