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Old 08-14-2017, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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It seems that across the country there is a push to brand/rebrand neighborhoods or large scale developments so that they evoke images of Manhattan.

For example, in Columbus we have a large mix-used development planned for the Arena District that is tentatively named Grand Central. South of Hudson, a residential neighborhood near OSU, has been branded SoHud.

When I visited Austin they seemed to be pushing hard to attract residents and businesses to "uptown".

I know that Atlanta there is debate over what was historically the westside vs. the new branding of west midtown.

Miami has its "upper east side".

What are some examples from your cities and how do you feel about it?
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:17 AM
 
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I don't really have any examples, but isn't a city free to name an area whatever it wants? Probably, it's being done to evoke a "cool" factor, but it's still Columbus, Ohio, not NYC. No one would be deluded.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:26 AM
 
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The Residences at The Lofts at SoDoSoPa


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miXMWJyOdgw
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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I don't really have any examples, but isn't a city free to name an area whatever it wants? Probably, it's being done to evoke a "cool" factor, but it's still Columbus, Ohio, not NYC. No one would be deluded.
I never once implied that a city or developer should not be allowed to market or a brand an area how they please. I was inquiring what people thought of this occurrence and if they noticed a similar effort in their respective cities.

Columbus is a fine city and many people, including myself, would prefer to live here over New York. Luckily we live in a great country where we have the freedom and opportunity to live where we please

In this specific development in the arena district it is an empty parcel of land. However in other cities neighborhoods are being rebranded that already have existing residents and rich histories. Some of those residents may not feel pleased that an outsider is giving a name to a place that already has a name.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:33 AM
 
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The Residences at The Lofts at SoDoSoPa


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miXMWJyOdgw
That was great
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:35 AM
 
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During the Olympic Bid the organizers tried to brand the area between the South End and South Boston as "Midtown Boston" but nobody really knew what they were talking about until they told people were it actually was.

In Rochester, NY there was Midtown Plaza which is in the center of Downtown.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Midtown and Uptown are so ubiquitous that I don't consider them to be a reference to Manhattan anymore.

Names utilizing that shortened-multi-syllabic-portmanteau technique does still remind me of Manhattan nicknames. There was a piece about this on NPR a week ago, when historically depressed, ethnic neighborhoods were losing their culture with new, gentrifying names of this style.

Anyway, Jax doesn't really have anything like this but we do have two old urban core neighborhoods called Murray Hill and Brooklyn, both named after their NYC counterparts. These were their original names from the early 1900s.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:16 AM
 
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Is this exactly relatable to Manhattan or is it just cities naming things based off their specific locations just like Manhattan has done to their neighborhoods based off their specific locations.

The "Grand Central" one I get though, that definitely reminds me of Manhattan. I mean Chicago has Uptown and Lower East side and Lower West side, etc - but those names have been around forever and are specific to their locations in the city. Probably developed around the same time many of Manhattan's areas were getting their location names.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:28 AM
 
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SoDoSoPa

"...balconies with views of historic Kenny's house."
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:43 AM
 
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The Residences at The Lofts at SoDoSoPa


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miXMWJyOdgw
I saw that once on a South Park episode.
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