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Often indicates movement toward a more affluent or central part of town. SlideShe moved uptown for the upscale shopping district.
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Cultural NuancePlay
Can imply socioeconomic status—'uptown' areas are stereotypically wealthier. SlideHe always talked about his uptown lifestyle to impress others.
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Not Always NorthPlay
In some cities, 'uptown' refers to a historically significant area, regardless of direction. SlideIn Charlotte, the 'uptown' area is actually the city center.