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Does the 10th & Piedmont area need a better identifying name?

“Gay Ground Zero” has been suggested, while others have mentioned variations using the number 10 considering the coming restaurants to the area.

Thursday night, the Midtown Neighbors’ Association has scheduled its third Shining Light Safety Walk of 1012. The group asked those wishing to participate to “meet up with your neighbors at Piedmont and 10th.”

In the coming weeks at this highly visible Midtown corner, a pair of similar-sounding restaurants will open. At 990 Piedmont Avenue, “10” will open in the former Five Napkin Burger space. Across the street, “10th & Piedmont” will open at 991 Piedmont Ave. in the former Outwrite Bookstore location.

Could get a bit confusing when explaining to friends which establishment to meet you at, eh?

Which leads to this Midtown Patch Question of the Day. Does this area of Midtown, one that is especially gay friendly, need some kind of better indentifying name? People immediately know where you’re talking about when you mention spots such as Little Five Points or East Atlanta Village.

But the area surrounding the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Ave. has no such distinctive name? Does it need one? Someone suggested “Gay Ground Zero,” while others have mentioned variations using the number 10 considering the coming restaurants.

Or maybe as the MNA suggested, "Piedmont and 10th" works just fine. What do you think?

Marc Acampora October 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM
No. First, contrived names are usually lame. SoNo for the area south of North Ave?? Second, while that corner has gay-friendly restaurants, the idea of assigning part of my neighborhood a gay label is not very appealing. Most folks who live in Midtown are not gay. IMO group-specific names are not appropriate for a diverse neighborhood.
Speechless in Midtown October 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Marc, no 'young black male' comment? Speechless in Midtown
Steve Gower October 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM
10th & Piedmont works just fine, especially with the ampersand... No need for any kind of contrived name unless it is a distinctly Midtown name. Haight Asbury works just fine for San Francisco as with simply Castro Street...
Mac October 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Gay Ground Zero?? As the unofficial identifying name for a part of town?? That has to be a joke.
Marc Acampora October 12, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Speechless, why would I make such a comment in this discussion? I only make that comment when a young black male commits a crime in Midtown. The high frequency of my comments highlights the problem.
Intown Rocks!!! October 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Gay Ground Zero is a joke!!! Have you been to Dupont Circle. Atlanta has the most disjointed gay communuty of any major city I have visited. Atlanta can barely support retail in Midtown so work on that before you try to name an area that has little there to go to!!!!!!
Tim October 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Calling Midtown "Midtown" is fine for me. 10th and Piedmont is too small of an area to need a specific name anyway. When you say Midtown, gay is implied as far as support, acceptance, shopping etc.. Plus there are other areas of Atlanta with higher concentractions of gay related businesses and shops.
Atl Resident October 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Speechless, I agree with Marc, if people committing the crimes in Midtown were Green or Blue and from Cuba or Puerto Rico then they should be addressed as such... Straight people that live in midtown cannot be racist, we respect and love our gay community, but we have to tell like it is.... I think 10th and Piedmont is cool....
WhitneyC October 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Rainbow Corner? That pretty much isolates it to one block and Midtown just stays Midtown. Midtown is too big and diverse to call it anything else.
Tom Guiseppe October 12, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Marc said it well and specific...group names are not appopriate for a diverse neighborhood. Gay, gay friendly and straight live together just fine in the diversity of Atlanta anywhere. As a mature gay activist my perception is that I need no other identity than fine neighbors who also have mature tolerance regardless of their persuasian.
CL October 12, 2012 at 09:25 PM
If you are not smart enough to find the intersection of Piedmont Ave and 10th St area when you hear Piedmont and 10th, a clever nickname will not help you. Seriously? We saw how effective the "Everyday is opening day" campaign was for Atlanta. No clever names, taglines, logos. This is midtown. That is Piedmont and 10th. Any questions?
Alice Pickett October 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
This is so stupid. Ditto to above. I especially hated the "every day is an opening day" mantra with Andrew Young's voice. It was really regrettable.
Aiden October 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM
No Marc, statistically speaking the high frequency of your comments overstates the actual frequency of the problem. This is because you consistently post nearly the same comment on all of the initial Midtown crime posts as well as all subsequent updates, and even suspect capture posts. Maybe you should adopt a new phrase for the capture posts that highlights thanking the hardworking police officials and good citizens of Midtown for their persistence and diligence in helping capture these criminals. One to grow on buddy…
Leila Holmann October 14, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I think this corner does deserve a name. How about Piedmont Place?
Marky October 15, 2012 at 04:27 AM
How about the 'Meat Packing District'?
Barbara Baggerman October 16, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Don't know that it needs a name; but if you want to call it something, given that intown already has L5P and O4W, how about 10P (or P10)?

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