Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 11:26:58 -0800 From: Scott Schwenter Subject: Re: 'the' in place names (Kaye) > ....San Francisco neighborhoods. > >The Mission >The Haight >The Ingleside >The Sunset >The Western Addition >The Richmond >The Castro >The Marina > >but > >Noe Valley >Hunters Point >Japantown >Chinatown >North Beach >Twin Peaks > >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 >Market Street. > 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' Scott