Thursday, March 06, 2014

Philadelphia, city of bad nicknames

Today's edition of a weekly community newspaper I receive offered an article about South Philadelphia's South of South [Street] neighborhood. If New York's SoHo is so called because it is South of Houston Street, what does that make South of South? Think that tag will help sell houses?

But then, Philadelphia is the city whose public transit agency sounds as if it means putrefaction or sewage.

© Peter Rozovsky 2014

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8 Comments:

Blogger Cary Watson said...

My neighborhood in Hamilton is called either Bartonville or Crown Heights depending on which realtor you consult, but the original name on old maps from the 1920s was...Slabtown! Now that's an evocative name; it doesn't sell houses but it tells a story.

March 06, 2014  
Blogger RT said...

And city of "brotherly love" sounds a little suspicious. Of course, changing language causes that problem. I'm sure it sounded quite fine long, long ago. Now it might turn heads the wrong way.

March 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Cary, Slabtown could sell houses to young buyers eager for a slice of urban glamor at an affordable price. One of Philadelphia's hot neighborhoods is called Fishtown.

March 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

R.T., by odd coincidence, Philadelphia has acquired a reputation as a gay-friendly city and has promoted itself as such. The promotion has included a clever slogan that played on the city's status as a cradle of American history: "Philadelphia: Get your history straight and your nightlife gay."

March 06, 2014  
Blogger Dana King said...

If track or train trouble causes a Philadelphia commuter train to operate on an altered schedule, is that a deviated SEPTA?

March 07, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

That is a SEPTUM. Two deviated train lines are SEPTA.

March 07, 2014  
Blogger Dana King said...

That's what I deserve for trying to slip one past a copy editor.

Well played, sir.

March 07, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

No, well-playedto you. I eagerly await the opportunity to use "Deviated SEPTA" in a headline.

March 07, 2014  

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