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Old 12-05-2010, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by BringBackCobain View Post
I agree West Midtown is a better name, but it seems like Midtown West or Westside sees more use. Out of the media in the city (all 3 of them), none really use West Midtown. AJC and the Business Chronicle use Midtown West and CL uses Westside. Why wasn't Westside put on the poll?

West Midtown should be equivalent to and separate from Midtown and Buckhead though, just like they include smaller neighborhoods. Also, I don't think English Avenue (that's its own thing and too far south), Home Park (Midtown), or Georgia Tech (also in Midtown) should be included, but I do think Knight Park/Howell Station should.

One thing about West Midtown compared to Midtown and the East Side is that there are relatively few single family homes (East Side) and no high-rises (Midtown). The contrast is what will make it unique - it will be a mid-rise district in between the low-rise East Side and the high-rise Midtown. I just wish they weren't building so many apartment buildings. Some brownstones would be cool over there. There also needs to be a defined commercial center, but I'm sure that will emerge with time.

I wonder how the name will ultimately be decided though. They need to form an association like the West Midtown Alliance or build a West Midtown library or MARTA station.
Good points--especially about the contrast making it unique.

Somewhat like you said, I think West Midtown proper needs an official neighborhood boundary like Midtown proper has (see maps above).
Then there can be "affiliated" West Midtown neighborhoods (Berkeley Park, Knight Park/Howell Station, English Avenue {should be renamed English Hill}, Underwood Hills, Hills Park {should be renamed--various options}, etc.)--just like there are "affiliated" Midtown neighborhoods (Ansley Park, Sherwood Forest, Virginia-Highland, Piedmont Heights, etc.).

Westside was not an option since it is too broad--and should and can be used for all of western Atlanta (just like eastside {which you used above}, northside, and southside are used for their respective citywide quadrants).
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