“Name That Neighborhood”

This is a second request for ideas and comments about naming the Stone Avenue area. Thanks to Mike Mecklenburg for the summary.

Hi Neighbors…..First of all, thanks to everybody who participated in the Stone Avenue Plan meetings. The initial draft plan was based on feedback from neighbors, businesses and property owners. The ideas we all discussed will have a long-term and positive impact in how our how our community develops. Please visit the plan website for more details.

The planners have asked us to help them come up with a name or brand for the Stone Avenue area to give an identity to the new development envisioned in the draft plan. To this end, the neighborhood associations, businesses and property owners formed a committee to help with the naming project. The purpose is not to rename our neighborhoods, but rather to give a distinct designation to future comprehensive development projects on our commercial corridors. It should be a name that represents all the stakeholders in the area.

The committee is close to settling on the name, “North End.” But we would like to hear from everybody.

The name North End has several factors in its favor:
1. The name is generic and does not favor a particular existing street, neighborhood or function – remember that if the draft plan goes forward and someday happens, we will have a whole new neighborhood with a variety of functions: homes, retail and offices. This area will hopefully be a destination of its own
2. It is logical, easy to remember and compliments the names of other parts of town, notable the West End. We are, after all, in the geographically northern part of the city
3. This name has been floating around for years and was voted on — in favor — some time ago by several North Main associations, including the businesses.

Again, we would like to hear your opinions. Please submit your comments – there is no right or wrong. We need to get back to the planners so please post your comments in the next week or so.

“Name That Neighborhood”
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