Anyway, the correlation between up and down and where I’m actually going is nonexistent. I often tell people to come up, despite living on the bottom of a hill. I understand that this wasn’t the point of the post, but I found it relevant.
As for uptown and downtown, I rarely ever hear it referred to as uptown.
I must say that being from NYC, there really IS a difference between the location of uptown and downtown. Downtown refers to the “south” of the city center. Uptown clearly points you north. Techically, Harlem is located “uptown” though no one will ever refer to it in such a way. “Uptowners” would die before they refer to Harlem as “uptown.” Interestingly enough though, uptown in NYC IS where the rich boys and girls live and play. Downtown NYC is where the working slobs fight one another for a seat on the bus or subway at rush hour to go sell their stocks and commodities.
If I were going out on the town with friends (again, NYC) and they said “well we’ll head to a club uptown,” I’d know to dress up a bit more than if say, we were heading for the East village – which is quite downtown (way south of Central Park).