[Source: Scott Craven, Arizona Republic] — All fashionable cities have them: those too-cool abbreviations that define neighborhoods based on where they’re located. There’s Lodo (Lower Downtown) in Denver, Soma (South of Market) in San Francisco, and the most famous, New York’s Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal Street). It’s time for the Valley to join the urban hip. First to take the leap: Noca (North of Camelback), a restaurant that gets its name from defining a particular neighborhood in Phoenix. Here are fun names we came up with to coin other popular areas of the Valley:
- Lirador (Light-Rail Corridor): Commuter heaven.
- Camo (Camelback Mountain): A place to live, and a bad fashion choice.
- Slonomo (Slopes of North Mountain): Life in the fast lane.
- Unmaco (Unincorporated Maricopa County): The place to live if you love Sheriff Joe.
- Weva (West Valley): Now it’s cool.
- Dope (Downtown Tempe): If we didn’t think of it, you would. Besides, it’s pronounced doh-PEE.
- Squanoje (Square North of Jefferson): Formerly Copper Square. Not as lyrical as Tribeca, but vaguely Native American.
- Cavefree (Cave Creek and Carefree): That bit where the two towns seem to mingle.
- Lobu (Lower Buckeye): If chef Nobu Fukuda moved in, imagine the possibilities.
- Corgi (Core of Gilbert): Why does that sound familiar?
- Sogoo (South of Goodyear): Nothing much there, but it feels “Sogoo” to say.
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