I'm all for language changing over time. I encourage it, in fact. Even though I'm a word nerd, you won't ever hear me complaining about "kids today" and their abbreviated texting language.
And yet, it bugs me when neighborhoods get new nicknames. I don't know why, but it really does. To me, the north end of Walker's Point will never be the Fifth Ward. And a few years ago, some Riverwesters tried to get "NoLo" – standing for "North Of Locust" – to catch on.
Luckily it didn't.
Somewhat recently, I was going to Clark Graphics, and I noticed new yellow banners stretched on poles near the intersection at Oakland and Locust suggesting the area is now nicknamed "Oak & Loc" (pronounced with a long o, as in the rapping wild thing, Tone-Loc).
Is this really going to catch on?
Doesn't matter what you call it. Since Rory's Cafe, Atomic Records and Wearhouse Shoes closed, that area's been dead to me. (OK, I love Oakland Gyros & Shiraz. I'm guilty, I still over there all the time)
When I lived in Riverwest my parents (both native) just called it the east side. My mom even includes Shorewood in the east side.
Jeff | March 27, 2013 at 8:38 a.m. (report)
Upper East Side and Lower East Side have fallen out of use lately, and I wish they'd come back. "East Side" covers a huge area, and Upper and Lower are really two distinct areas.
Yeah, can't we just stick with the basics on the East Side? East Side, Riverwest, Brady Street...done.
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