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Old 12-07-2010, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Karma.Police View Post
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: //

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: //
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