A funny thing happens in Pooja Lodhia’s teevee report on the whole Tampico Heights dust-up. Yes, she gets Jim Badger, the creator of the Tampico Heights website, to come on camera, and she notes that his renaming project was meant as a sort-of joke. But more interesting: She finds a couple people who claim that the inside-the-Loop neighborhood west of I-45 and east of North Main St. should be called Northside.
They aren’t wrong.
That neighborhood, which incorporates Brooke Smith and East Sunset Heights, is actually a part of the Greater Northside Management District, an official entity created in 2006 (see map at right). But then again, the same is true of all of the Heights-ish areas east of Studewood, including Woodland Heights and the various Norhills.
And didn’t a whole bunch of Northsiders go on a sign-holding spree a short while ago saying they didn’t want their neighborhood to be renamed Tampico Heights? Well yeah, but that was different. Those were residents of the Near Northside, also known as Northside Village, a designated superneighborhood that’s entirely east of I-45 (PDF).
East Sunset Heights and Brooke Smith (and the other lesser-known parts of the east-of-North-Main triangle just west of I-45) may want to brush off the Tampico Heights designation — perhaps because of that whole Heights creep thing. But they’re already part of the Heights as well, as this Greater Heights superneighborhood map (PDF) shows. And that’s what one Swamplot reader had depended on: “I assumed that my neighborhood, East Sunset Heights, was actually part of Greater Heights. After [seeing the map of the] Greater Northside I’m even more confused!”
- Northside’s New Nickname ‘Tampico Heights’ Faces Backlash from Some Residents [abc13]
- Tampico Heights coverage [Swamplot]
Maps: abc13 (Tampico Heights); Greater Northside Management District (Greater Northside)