Cardinal Synthesis

November 26, 2008 by
Filed under: Curious, Entertainment 

Isn’t it strange how we name different parts of our cities — particularly when done so with cardinal directions.

  • North Beach – one of San Francisco’s neighborhoods
  • South Beach – one of Florida’s well known beaches
  • Lower East Side – a common response for New Yorkers answering where they live
  • South Park – the potty-mouth cartoon
  • When I was attending Cal, we had
  • South side and North side – representing areas in relation to campus
  • West Side (Story) – the well known musical that’s a take on Romeo & Juliet

They do have a good ring to them.

At the same time, I never hear:

  • East Beach
  • West Beach
  • West Park
  • or East Park

although a quick Google search reveals that they do exist.

However, I do note that Google’s results are thus:

  • North Side – 36,800,000
  • East Side – 44,200,000
  • South Side – 93,800,000
  • West Side – 53,500,000

South Side seems to be more popular (or populous on the web), as is South Park.

Anyway, something maybe to bring up if you find yourself caught in an awkward silence over Thanksgiving.

(Northeast Side exists, too, but has barely 800,000 results – so clearly, nothing to write home about).

Photo by Leo Reynolds


One Comment on Cardinal Synthesis

  1. Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog on Thu, 4th Dec 2008 1:38 am
  2. Hi Nez – What an interesting observation. In our city, people talk about the “west side” and the “east side”. The west side is “advertised” as the most desirable area to live. We live on the “east side”.

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