Giving neighborhoods a distinct name by identifying historically important characteristics or assets is done in cities the world over. Sometimes the names stick simply because of how often they are used in repeated. This piece, from HuffPost Detroit, is all about it.
An excerpt: Detroit, for its part, never standardized its neighborhood names. Most simply they reflect common usage, even if some of them are more well-known than others. Some are inherited from defunct towns, which ceased to exist when their land was annexed by the growing city of Detroit -- Delray, Springwells Village, Five Points, Old Redford, Nortown. Others come from nearby landmarks, such as Osborn (a high school) and Palmer Park, while many, such as Lafayette Park, Grandmont-Rosedale and Boston-Edison, come from urban renewal plans, subdivision developers or the names of designated historic districts.
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