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Downtown St. John's is the historic core and central business district of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Located north of St. John's harbour, it is the business, entertainment, and tourism centre with office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other services.

The historic boundaries of downtown St. John's is usually thought to start at the harbour extend north to Duckworth Street and is bounded by Springdale Street in the west and Empire Avenue in the east. In recent years the boundaries of downtown have extended further north and usually take in Military Road or sometimes even as far as Empire Avenue, this may also be referred to as the greater downtown area.

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George Edward Shea (1851 - 1932), is a Canadian politician who served as the first mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

In 1870 George joined his family's business as a clerk. Shea and Company were shipping agents for Royal Mail Steamships, the Allan Line and the Ross Steamship Line. In 1887, when his uncle Ambrose Shea was appointed governor of the Bahamas, George succeeded him as managing partner in the firm.

Shea's political career began in 1885 when he was elected as a Liberal in Ferryland, a district his father, Edward D. Shea, had also represented. He was re-elected as an independent in 1889, but was defeated by Liberal candidates Michael Cashin and Daniel Greene in 1893. Again elected Member of the House of Assembly for Ferryland in 1897, Shea served for two years as minister without portfolio in the government of Sir James Spearman Winter. In 1902 Shea was elected as the first mayor of St. John's. During his term he implemented improvements to the water system and brought the city's finances under control. He continued as mayor until 1906, having meanwhile re-entered the House of Assembly in 1904 as the Liberal representative for the district of St. John's East.

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