Is it really useful to say that this place and this place are in the same neighborhood? The latter is what I think of as Elliot Park; low-rise and mostly pre-war. What is the value of stretching that brand all the way north to 6th or 5th, or even (mostly) north of 8th?MNdible wrote:As discussed previously, this part of town already has two distinct names (and two distinct personalities) that people already know: the Mill District and Elliot Park. No need to reinvent the wheel. The only thing that really needs a proper name is the Commons Park, which would then cover the area immediately in front of the stadium.
I don't know. Setting aside the lingering quasi-governmental functions neighborhoods have, neighborhoods exist to help identify and brand an area. Just as there's little real value in dividing up very similar areas into different names (pop quiz: draw the boundaries of Longfellow, Cooper, and Howe without looking at a map), I don't think it makes sense to force two very different areas under the same umbrella. This area (high-rise) will develop differently from either the Mill District (mid-rise) and Elliot Park (low-rise), and I think that alone should be enough to warrant a new brand.