West Midtown? Midtown West? Atlanta Design District?

What's in a name? Is it West Midtown, Midtown West, Westside, Midtown Design District?

There has been an ongoing discussion about what exactly to call the burgeoning areas that are somewhat loosely defined by the Marietta Street Artery, Howell Mill, Huff Road, Northside Drive, Tech Parkway, and Chattahoochee Avenue corridors.

Having lived here well over a year I've come to recognize that many have ventured into this area on fairly regular occasions, but still have a lack of agreement on what to call this portion of the west-side of in-town Atlanta. the area isn't quite one neighborhood but rather samplings of nearby neighborhoods, but it also seems to crave for some establishment within the city's multitude of characteristic in-town neighborhoods.

I'd be interested to see in what sorts of community programs and developments could become established as the area seeks to create a richer identity that builds upon the railroad roots that naturally wants to defines the borders- or do they?

Feel free to post comments and suggestions on what the area should be called- what helps to define the boundaries as well as what sort of events you would like to see happen for this areas.


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Darin December 11, 2012 at 08:14 PM
It's odd how volatile a subject it is. I personally don't have a problem with any of the various names, I just wish we could pick one. But some people just cringe at the sounds of West Midtown. My hope is that this area gets better sidewalk coverage (it's great in spots, but patchy), a public park with a playground, and more frequent MARTA service. I think those three could go a long way toward making it less of a drive-to destination for outsiders and also more hospitable for residents.
Chris H December 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Everyone I know calls it West Midtown so that's what it will probably be called. I don't go over there all that often as it's a drive to destination and not that easy to get to on MARTA as other hoods. Biking over there can be deadly too.
Clicker December 11, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I don't care too much what it's called. But the rampant development with ZERO infrastructure improvements have made the area a total chaotic mess to live near and attempt to patronize. The city needs to get a grip on approving gargantuan developments like the one going up at 14th and Howell Mill (bridge collapse anyone?) before the whole area collapses from it's whole weird success.
Midtown Resident December 13, 2012 at 06:59 PM
^^^LOL So true! I personally don't like the name West Midtown. I have tended to call it the westside over the past couple years (also falls in line with the centerpiece Westside Provisions District). To me there is no resemblance to Midtown and entire neighborhoods (Homepark) and a major university (Georgia Tech) totally separate it from Midtown. Besides, I'm getting tired of people in Atlanta generalizing neighborhoods. Midtown is midtown, not Ansley Park, not Homepark, not Virginia Highlands, not Bedford Pines, not Loring Park, etc etc. Lindbergh is *not* Buckhead. Brookwood Hills is not Buckhead. Brookhaven is not Buckhead. Edgewood Historic District and O4W and Castleberry Hill are not downtwon. As Atlanta grows, we need to focus on neighborhoods and making each DEFINED area unique and cool. Mixing and melding and generalizing areas is a very "suburban" thing to do, hehe.
Henry Batten December 17, 2012 at 02:52 PM
The area already has a name that relates directly to its railroad heritage: Howell Junction. Why not use that, as this name is definitely unique from other neighborhood names.
alyssa w December 17, 2012 at 06:59 PM
There is a group of businesses working to start a business association in the area called the west midtown business association. Look for it on Facebook if you are interested in getting involved
Chris December 18, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Perhaps Northwest Atlanta since that would be the geographic location but I guess that isn't trendy or marketable enough? West Midtown reminds me of the SoNo and SoBu ideas that were tried to name certain parts of our city.
Cynthia December 18, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I've always just referred to it as the Westside :/
Jay Riddle December 20, 2012 at 03:05 AM
My completely random and baseless theory is that a more-likely debate in 3-5 years will have less to-do with a general Westside vs. W. Midtown; vs. Hometown Park, and so on -- rather "Westside" will remain a 'go-to' descriptor while the majority of conversations begin to center around the divider betweeb "Lower-Westside" and the "Upper-Westside" #ATL. ;-p


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