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Oak & Loc: yay or nay?
Oak & Loc: yay or nay?

A new neighborhood nickname

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?

Talkbacks

littletinyfish | March 27, 2013 at 4:28 p.m. (report)

35524 Oak 'n Loc. What a joke.

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InTheView | March 27, 2013 at 3:53 p.m. (report)

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)

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DanY | March 27, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. (report)

When I lived in Riverwest my parents (both native) just called it the east side. My mom even includes Shorewood in the east side.

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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.

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Midwest | March 26, 2013 at 7:06 p.m. (report)

Yeah, can't we just stick with the basics on the East Side? East Side, Riverwest, Brady Street...done.

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