Name The Overlap by Tom Grode

mms_picture (7)Welcome to another episode of Name The Overlap  —  the fun chance to name where you live because when you walk around your neighborhood and look at the signs, study maps, do some Googling, you discover everything contradicts itself.

Last week we looked at Skid Row between 3rd and 4th or was it Little Tokyo between 3rd and 4th?  Doesn’t matter because the locals who live, work, and play in that overlap named it Skidrokyo.

On today’s episode let’s explore the western edge of Skid Row i.e. the Old Bank District/Historic Core and….Name The Overlap!!

According to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the boundary for the western edge of Skid Row is the eastern half of Main Street.

Up above is a photo from the Pershing Square public toilet and it says the Historic Core goes east of Main Street to Los Angeles Street (with the non-profit Midnight Mission apparently a symbol for Skid Row).  But wait, if you walk east along Fifth Street from Main Street you’ll find a pretty official looking street sign saying Old Bank District  –   one hundred feet east of Los Angeles Street.

This picture was taken facing west towards Main Street

This picture was taken facing west towards Main Street

Confusing?  Of course it is.

Some people actually find it to be disturbing.  But it’s not.  It’s fun!!  So let’s play….Name The Overlap!

True, it will be tough to top Skidrokyo, but don’t be intimidated.  Our overlap is the east side of Main Street to just east of Los Angeles Street.  Here are some words to work with:  Old Bank District, Historic Core, Skid Row, Central City East, Toy District.  Or go ahead and use other words.  Hey…invent your own words!

If you come up with a name you like, you can put it on this blog.  Or just start using it yourself and see if it catches on.  If it does catch on, it might end up on a map, though a map you’ll probably have to make yourself.  But go ahead, everyone else is doing it!!

By Tom Grode

Blogger’s note: The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Trees on San Pedro Street Project editrix, Ms. McNenny. This is a Community improvement blog and not faith-based.

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