LoSo: The death of neighborhood names in Charlotte

LoSo: The death of neighborhood names in Charlotte
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When I first moved here from Cleveland I was struck by the fact that Charlotte had such distinctive neighborhoods.

Plaza Midwood, Elizabeth, Myers Park, Dilworth, NoDa — all cool areas with cool names that make up the identity of the city. Even our downtown area plays by different rules, going by Uptown.

Then why is LoSo/Lower South End becoming a thing? Could the name be any more generic and tacky?

Plaza Midwood is an area rooted in history and the name has stood the test of time. Even South End, while not unique (Boston and Seattle are just two examples of the many cities with a South End), has a history here in Charlotte.

Have we not learned anything from the TV show South Park?

Development of run-down and dated areas is happening all over the country and getting rebranded with trendy names, and this has been lampooned perfectly on a recent episode of the Comedy Central show.

Anything sound familiar?

Do we really want to name an area in our city that falls directly into the lap of their criticism?

When we look back 20 years from now, you can’t convince me that people will say naming the area LoSo/Lower South End was a good idea.

The area has an amazing entertainment district blossoming. Shouldn’t we give it a creative name that will stick? My personal choice is for Queen (not Queen’s) Park after the famous sign and drive-in movie theater that used to be in the area. That has history, that says “Charlotte,” and that would stand the test of time. I’d even settle for Scaleybark after the nearby stop and massive re-development coming.

It’s not too late, however. The name isn’t permanent and won’t stick if no one calls it LoSo. So it is up to us to stick to a unified front for the area and rally around a name that actually works and fits the “cool” vibe that the other areas are afforded. My vote is for Queen Park and that’s what I will always call it.

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