Downtown Binghamton, also known as Center City, is home to most of the city's largest buildings, and is home to government services.
Located at the northeast corner of the river confluence, downtown is increasingly being populated by college students, and supports a flourishing arts scene.
The neighborhood is largely residential with commercial corridors along both Robinson and Court streets, and contains pockets of industrial development along its borders.
Main Street forms the West Side's commercial corridor, made up of several large supermarkets, pharmacies, bank branches, pubs, restaurants, auto shops, and a few strip malls.
The First Ward is a largely residential neighborhood opposite the railroad tracks from the West Side, but is best known for Antique Row, a series of antique shops that line Clinton Street.
The North Side is a light commercial and working-class residential section of the city, with Chenango Street serving as its major artery.
The East Side lies east of the Brandywine Highway, along the north bank of the Susquehanna River.
This sustained economic prosperity earned Binghamton the moniker of the Valley of Opportunity.