So here’s the deal. In a city of neighborhoods, the people associate and define themselves by where they live. It’s pride. It’s history. And it seems that all developers and real estate people want to do is change those names. The re-branding has made a clusterfuck out of G-Ho/Point Breeze, had a failed attempt at Penn’s Village, and is now setting its sights on a name we never want to see changed: the ERASERHOOD. The Eraserhood (we’ll even begrudgingly accept Loft District) is in the midst of a re-branding attempt at being called … Callowhill.
This Flying Kite Media piece (which takes a look at G-Ho, Newbold, Midtown Village, and Washington Square West) is barely more than a pat on the back to developers and neighborhood associations that put forth these name changes, and while we respect the work that people do in neighborhood groups to clean up areas and make them safer, the whole name change thing just rubs us as real estate peeps trying to sell houses to confused suburban people who were told to avoid the Eraserhood. “Eraserhood? This isn’t in the Eraserhood, nice young suburban family, it’s in Callowhill.” Well, we’re here to say “NO.” It is the Eraserhood, it was the Eraserhood, and it will always be the Eraserhood. Because carrying a nail-bat in Callowhill just seems rude.
[Hand drawn map via bhiladelphia]