Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 11:26:58 -0800
From: Scott Schwenter schwen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Subject: Re: 'the' in place names (Kaye)
....San Francisco neighborhoods.
The Western Addition
Bayview and the Bayview are both heard,
as are South of Market and the South of Market. The former is older;
when it was a largely Irish neighborhood it was called South of the Slot
because there was a cable-car (with a slot to grip the cable) running on
Aren't these differences due to the fact that those that take 'the' (except
for 'The Western Addition') are shortened from a longer NP 'The X
District'? On the other hand, the non 'the'-taking neighborhoods don't take
'District' : *'The Japantown District'.
On local TV newscasts (e.g. KGO), those that take the article are always
either 'The X District' or 'San Francisco's X District'