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View Poll Results: Which is the better name: West Midtown or Midtown West?
West Midtown 40 81.63%
Midtown West 9 18.37%
Voters: 49. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-07-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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Personally I wish the whole West Midtown thing would go away. That area doesn't resemble Midtown, or is even adjacent to Midtown. Neighborhoods like Home Park, Blandtown, Knight Park, Loring Heights, and Berkeley Park are being swallowed up by this imaginary neighborhood. My opinion is that it is developers and real estate folks taking the easy way out by hijacking the name of an already established area instead of investing in the reputation of the existing neighborhoods. To me it seems a bit disrespectful to wipe the slate clean, and start over like someone discovered this hidden place (that's always been there).

I can't speak for every City of Atlanta resident, but neither I or my friends that live in the city refer to that area as West Midtown. I can understand referring to it as Westside since the Westside market is there, but West Midtown to me is lame.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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I can't speak for every City of Atlanta resident, but neither I or my friends that live in the city refer to that area as West Midtown. I can understand referring to it as Westside since the Westside market is there, but West Midtown to me is lame.
Just curious: do you and your friends actually say "Westside" when you refer to this area? Or do you say something else?

(I see what you mean about Midtown and Westside being totally different, btw.)
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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Personally I wish the whole West Midtown thing would go away. That area doesn't resemble Midtown, or is even adjacent to Midtown. Neighborhoods like Home Park, Blandtown, Knight Park, Loring Heights, and Berkeley Park are being swallowed up by this imaginary neighborhood. My opinion is that it is developers and real estate folks taking the easy way out by hijacking the name of an already established area instead of investing in the reputation of the existing neighborhoods. To me it seems a bit disrespectful to wipe the slate clean, and start over like someone discovered this hidden place (that's always been there).

I can't speak for every City of Atlanta resident, but neither I or my friends that live in the city refer to that area as West Midtown. I can understand referring to it as Westside since the Westside market is there, but West Midtown to me is lame.
You make some good points, but I think you are missing the overall point of this thread.

Read through this post first: West Midtown or Midtown West?

The overall point of this thread is to define an area that is really not part of a neighborhood--without destroying the integrity, status and significance of neighborhoods nearby and already there.

A little history...this part of Atlanta was formerly a major industrial, warehouse, and manufacturing district. The industrial areas were connected with each other but each was also at the edge of various neighborhoods. The industrial areas were in heavy use (non-residential) and were a part of the adjacent neighborhood in name only. This is why the northern part of English Avenue, the western parts of Home Park and Blandtown, and the southern parts of Berkeley Park, Underwood Hills, and Hills Park do not really seem like a part of the core neighborhood. The haphazardly-named "Marietta Street Artery" area is a former industrial corridor.

So, now that these industrial/warehouse areas have evolved or are evolving into "post-industrial" usage, it has really become like a nameless, somewhat abandoned, but beautiful area that needs definition. I think it is important to define this area before developers and realtors start doing it themselves.

And West Midtown will have its own identity totally different from Midtown--that's the whole point (just like Upper West Side and Upper East Side are totally different). BringBackCobain wrote a fabulous post about this: http://www.city-data.com/forum/16892718-post3.html
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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You make some good points, but I think you are missing the overall point of this thread.

Read through this post first: West Midtown or Midtown West?

The overall point of this thread is to define an area that is really not part of a neighborhood--without destroying the integrity, status and significance of neighborhoods nearby and already there.

A little history...this part of Atlanta was formerly a major industrial, warehouse, and manufacturing district. The industrial areas were connected with each other but each was also at the edge of various neighborhoods. The industrial areas were in heavy use (non-residential) and were a part of the adjacent neighborhood in name only. This is why the northern part of English Avenue, the western parts of Home Park and Blandtown, and the southern parts of Berkeley Park, Underwood Hills, and Hills Park do not really seem like a part of the core neighborhood. The haphazardly-named "Marietta Street Artery" area is a former industrial corridor.

So, now that these industrial/warehouse areas have evolved or are evolving into "post-industrial" usage, it has really become like a nameless, somewhat abandoned, but beautiful area that needs definition. I think it is important to define this area before developers and realtors start doing it themselves.

And West Midtown will have its own identity totally different from Midtown--that's the whole point (just like Upper West Side and Upper East Side are totally different). BringBackCobain wrote a fabulous post about this: http://www.city-data.com/forum/16892718-post3.html

Found a great map, y'all...

This map shows further how the soon-to-be official "West Midtown" was almost all former industrial areas--mills, stockyards, etc. Notice how the former industrial areas are part of present-day neighborhoods in name only--the northern triangle of the English Avenue neighborhood was the Exhibition Cotton Mills.

Check it out: Upper ARTery Atlanta GA
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:05 PM
 
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More great information:

Bland Town
Marietta Street Artery Association
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:30 AM
 
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Something feels odd about "Midtown West." It could be that it sounds like an individual development, like a particular apartment complex, rather than the name of a region.

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I just now saw this--

I (others that I know) have also thought that "Midtown West" sounds like an apartment complex--or a wannabe chic office park development.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:37 AM
 
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My friends and I always have called it the "Westside". I just read a restaurant review yesterday that called it that too so I know I'm not alone:

"When FLIP Burger Boutique (3655 Roswell Road, 404-549-3298) opened its first location on Atlanta’s Westside, crowds were eager to get a taste of chef Richard Blais’ cooking..."
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:43 AM
 
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My friends and I always have called it the "Westside". I just read a restaurant review yesterday that called it that too so I know I'm not alone:

"When FLIP Burger Boutique (3655 Roswell Road, 404-549-3298) opened its first location on Atlanta’s Westside, crowds were eager to get a taste of chef Richard Blais’ cooking..."
And your friends (and you) are correct--"West Midtown" is a part of the "Westside."


The Westside: West Midtown, Howell Station, Bolton, Riverside, Whittier Mill Village, Blandtown, Underwood Hills, West Highlands, and Hills Park.
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Originally from Cali relocated to Inman Park/Old 4th Ward/Westside Atlanta
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If your talking to most Native African-American Atlantans they would consider "The Westside" to be English Avenue, Bankhead and Vine City. All of those neigborhoods are in NW quadrant of Atlanta. That term has referred to these neigborhoods for ages.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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If your talking to most Native African-American Atlantans they would consider "The Westside" to be English Avenue, Bankhead and Vine City. All of those neigborhoods are in NW quadrant of Atlanta. That term has referred to these neigborhoods for ages.


Yep--I definitely think of those neighborhoods as Westside.


The "Westside" listing above was in reference to the supposed "mainstream" view of Westside Atlanta is.

Westside is really the whole westside of Atlanta.

Great post, finest.
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