I used to know my city from inside a classroom, snowbanks and apartments and houses. Now I know my city from the harbour's edge. I gaze towards George's Island or am dwarfed by huge vessels coming and going. Even when I am not there, I visualize the city from that vantage point. The waterfront helps stabilize us, its a point of connection and helps us escape the snowbanks in winter and our hot homes in the summer.
Vantage points can change and they will keep changing. Be prepared for the old centre to be on the periphery and new centres to be created.