By Roger Bakeman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hey, mom, I’m going to the store. Where, dear? Oh, you know, the … Well, what do we call the business district on McLendon at Clifton? Commonly agreed upon terms have force, help us mark a place, give it recognition. Two examples. We agree the neighborhood is called Candler Park. That makes it easy to establish signs and markers saying Candler Park at major entry points to our neighborhood—an idea people are thinking about and working on at the moment. We agree it is called Fall Fest. That makes it easy to hang banners from utility poles a month or two before Fall fest—another idea people are thinking about and working on at the moment.
And, if we agreed on what to call the McLendon at Clifton business district, we could have neat signs there too. When I ask people what it’s called, I get different responses. And when I repeat some of those responses, some are met with comments like, “Oh, no, we would never call it that.” Clearly there’s no consensus. Little Five Points has its name; shouldn’t we?
Agreeing that business owners should have a major voice, what would you like to see it called? Email me at email@example.com. I’ll try to look for any emerging consensus.