Dr. James Day, an El Paso historian, said that downtown's main business area was originally centered between Second Street and San Francisco Street. At a later point the main business area was centered on Stanton Street and Santa Fe. In the late 1800s most of the White American residents lived to the north of the non-White areas, living in brick residences along Magoffin, Myrtle, and San Antonio streets. Hispanic American residents lived in an area called Chihuahuita ("little Chihuahua"), which was located south of Santa Fe and west of Second. Several African Americans and around 300 Chinese Americans also lived in Chihuahuita. Many of the Chinese Americans built railroads in the El Paso area.  El Segundo Barrio is another historic neighborhood in the downtown area. 
The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, sitting in El Paso, is located in downtown.
2011-2012 marks the first Survey-Census ever conducted for Downtown El Paso, which identified key demographics and now benchmarks to move downtown revitalization forward. The key Census-type information targeted employers, employees, and households in the downtown area about who eats, shops, and plays in Downtown El Paso. This information was shared with entrepreneurs and companies evaluating business investment opportunities in the downtown area and property owners seeking new tenants to better target their marketing, recruitment and outreach efforts. 
El Paso Independent School District provides educational services.
Downtown El Paso near Plaza Theatre
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