Christie Brinkley doesn't live in Boston, so cut that out, Delaware North

The Herald reports the owner of the Garden has decided to try to re-brand its neighborhood, where it's currently building a mega mixed-use complex, as Uptown. Funked up, no? What's wrong with the West End?

Of possible note: The city once tried renaming large swaths of downtown as the Midtown Cultural District. As residents moved in, some even formed the Midtown Cultural District Residents Association. But the group renamed itself the Downtown BostonResidents Association last year after realizing, oops, Boston doesn't have a midtown.

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With everything else going on?

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You're right, this is hardly up there on the Scale of Truly Important Things.

But Boston is nothing if not about its history and here's a step towards erasing one (however, tiny) more piece of that. Delaware North already has a notorious record for forgetting the past, why should we join in on that?

Plus, OK, I just like complaining about things. Surely you know that by now.

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Fair enought

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I guess I never really consider the Garden as being part of the West End anyway, simply based off the North Station designation (not that I would have considered it part of the North End either)

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Important to remember the West End

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It's bad enough that this vibrant neighborhood was demolished in the name of urban renewal. It's name should not disappear, given the important lessons we should have learned from that fiasco.

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Like, whaaat?

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Um, the city is called “town.” I thought that was, like, estabsh.

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I remember Boston's old West End.

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We had some family friends who lived there, and it was neat to visit them and to go to the neat festivals that they had in the old West End before it got demolished, and our friends moved out to Somerville after being displaced.

It's too bad that Boston's old West End wasn't just simply re-developed somewhat, instead of being totally bulldozed out of existence and replaced by all these humongous high-rise buildings.

That being said, I firmly believe that there was a rather strong co-relation between the destruction of Boston's old West End, and the resistance to the Federal Court-mandated large-scale, cross-city school busing edict that took Boston by storm beginning in the mid 1970's, not to mention the blockbusting that occurred in Mattapan, as well as airport and highway expansion that encroached upon and sliced through neighborhoods across the city, and other poorly thought-out forms of urban renewal that went awry.

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Geographic Confusion

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I've always thought that Midtown was the Theatre District area, which was perfectly fine as the Theatre District, but in any event south of Downtown. That would mean that geographically, from north to south, things would go like this-

Uptown
Downtown
Midtown

And we'll ignore that the Midtown Hotel is on the border between Back Bay and South End (and I won't even try to put it in one of those for fear of a whole thread about which neighborhood that side of Huntington Street is in.)

But surely the area between Haymarket and North Station has to have a name or at least had one at one point.

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Downtown North

That was what the area rebranded itself in the late 70's. Did not catch on.

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Big thumbs up!

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Big thumbs up!

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Oh my god that’s rich!

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You mean that whatever company whose name I don’t even remember who owns the Boston Garden is now expecting me to not only remember whatever their current name is, but also call the West End some new stupid name that literally makes no sense? Hahahahaha! Thank you so much for posting this. I really had a good laugh. Really, I am still laughing. And thank you, Boston Garden owners (seriously I don’t know what the company’s name is), I am still recovering. What joy. Tell whoever owns the Hancock tower about this. You guys could make it a new thing.

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Sure, I'll file it next to

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Downtown, SoWa, SoBo, EaBo and all the other Horseshit neighborhood names concocted by idiotic real estate professionals.

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But isn't it Bulfinch Triangle?

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It seems weird to extend the West End that far east. The North End and the West End were two sub-peninsulas of Boston and Causeway Street was the dam blocking Mill Pond between them. Call it Bullfinch Triangle, then everyone's happy since that's a fancy sounding name.

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Thank you

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That name is pretentious while at the same time historic. Why not use that?

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Uptown

There was an Uptown Theatre next to Horticultural Hall on Huntington Avenue, and there's an Uptown Garage in the same area near Symphony Hall and Northeastern University. So if any place is Uptown, it's there.

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