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  • There are quite a few more in New York City, actually. There is also the vaguely tech-sounding FiDi (Financial District), the dubious SoBro (which is just trendy updating of the notorious South Bronx) and SoHo’s northern brother, NoHo. DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is also a quite famous neighborhood, although that’s obviously more of an acronym.

    Outside of NYC, San Francisco has SoMa (South of Market) and Seattle has SoDo (South of Downtown). Those are the only two outside of New York that I can think of off the top of my head, but I’m sure there are more.

  • Belatedly, thanks a lot Ben for all those new (well, new to me) examples of the HuffPo type. It looks like this model has a great future.

  • Would these short forms perhaps count as a particular group (i.e. proper noun-based) of blends of what linguists refer to as “clipped” forms – you know ‘ad’ from ‘advertisement’, that sort of thing? The same sort of process occurs with nouns which aren’t names, so e.g. sitcom (situation comedy). A newer example I’ve recently come across is ‘finlit’ (financial literacy’).