Thursday, November 02, 2006

Renaming City Place

A commenter on this post over at Silver Spring Scene suggested that City Place needs to be re-named. I think this is a fantastic idea. Why?

1. City Place has been (justifiably, IMO) maligned for years. In order to be re-born, it needs to cast aside the shackles of its present name.

2. Silver Spring is not a city. Therefore, the name makes no damn sense.

3. "City Place" rhymes with "Shitty Place". Enough said.

This being said, I am hereby putting out a call for new names for the mall currently known as City Place. Of course, I have absolutely no say in the hypothetical re-branding of City Place, but perhaps by some miracle your suggestions could make their way to the management company and inspire them to make the change.

Some tips on mall re-naming:

- If you are going to give a mall a new name, at least make the name make grammatical sense. Can someone please explain to me what the hell "The Mall at Prince Georges" means? (It will always be P.G. Plaza to me) The county name, Prince George's, is possessive. Where'd the apostrophe go? Unless they are referring to a different prince whose name is "Georges", it is wrong. Also, how can it be "at" a county rather than in one? Really, the name should be "The Mall in Prince George's [County]". Then again, what should we expect from a county whose school system rivals that of Baltimore City for worst in the state?

- Generic, management-company-branded names are lame. (i.e. "Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton")

- Just because it's near a landmark, don't name it after said landmark if it conjures up unpleasant images in people's heads. (Beltway Plaza)

- It doesn't hurt to include words like "park" or "galleria" to make it sound upscale.

- Don't repeat the mistakes of the past (see #3 above). Make sure the new name can't be rhymed with any derogatory words. It's like the episode of the Simpsons where Homer and Marge are deciding on a baby name and Homer declares, "nothing rhymes with Bart!"

Of course, any re-naming would amount to nothing more than lipstick on a pig if the mall fails to attract any upscale tenants. It's a good first step, though.

So, what are everyone's suggestions??

[FLASHBACK - an older post about City Place]



41 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about "The Galleria at Veterans Field"?

Twoste said...

I would call it...The Repository Center for Classy Shopping in Silver Sprung.
Yes.

Sligo said...

My suggestions:

"Not City Place"

"The Park Galleria at Georgeville" (combination of Georgia & Colesville)

"Get your upscale shop on"

Silver Springer said...

Georgeville...yuck. Put "ville" on your list of things not to incorporate into names.

Terry said...

Prince George's County was named after a prince named Georges not George. The possessive thing crept in there over time.

Alternate names for City Place:

- Braids and Dollar Stores R Us

- The Mall that Used to Have a Nordstom Rack

- Da DC Boyz House

More serious ones

- Blair Center

- Silver Center

- Silver Place

Sligo said...

I've never heard that. According to this site:

On St. George's Day, April 23, 1696, a new county was established, named for Prince George of Denmark, husband of the heir to the throne of England, Princess Anne.

Anonymous said...

The Shopppes at the Turf

Shop 'N Turf

Turf Park Shoppes

Anonymous said...

Bling in the Spring

MoCrap for MoCo

Nothing to See Here...Move Along

Woodsider said...

Now this is the best part of blogging: when I suggested Shitty Place be renamed (in my comment on Silver Spring Scene) I never imagined there would be a contest. My favorites are all if they keep the existing tenant mix:


4.Nothing to see here...move along
3. MoCrap for Moco
2. The Mall That Used To Have A Nordstrom Rack

And the winner is.....

drum roll....


1. Bling in the Spring (pure genius...anonymous came up with three of these).

thecourtyard said...

Now that Hecht's has kicked the bucket, I think City Place could be re-named to reflect the building's history - something along the lines of "Hecht's Center."

gobi said...

Since Montgomery Mall is officially: Westfield Shoppingtown Montgomery (!), we could just rename City Place as "Montgomery Mall." The confusion alone might bring in foot traffic.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

IIFC, George sans the S was the Anglicized version of his name that he picked up when he married Anne.

I'm going to have to pull out an actual book, I think, or this will drive me crazy.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

I'm flattered to have made the short list and heartily agree that "Bling in the Spring" should be the name.

Let's do something more difficult and list what's good about City Place. Here's a start:

- the soul food place at the food court. Mmmmmmm, good.

- the store that carries the Marimekko stuff, I think it's called Honfleur Home. They need to rethink their organization as it's a bit tight in there, but their products are lovely.

- McGinty's Pub. Beer and music. Mmmmmmm, good.

I'm still mourning the loss of Nordstrom Rack. That one all the way up in Gaithersburg isn't as good and it's too far away to allow me to easily make impulse buys on shoes.

Sligo said...

His original Danish name was Jørgen.

I may be mistaken, but isn't one of the "nice" stores in City Place moving to the empty space at Georgia and Fenton?

Terry said...

I've seen a store front display for the Marimekko store (Honfleur Home? I'm still not sure I'm getting the shop name quite right. I'm not usually looking at their sign when I'm heading in there) in the empty store front on Georgia Ave by the pedestrian light to Discovery. There's plenty of room in that empty storefront for additional stock AND pathways between the tables/racks.

Sligo said...

Of course, one of the few "upscale" stores in City Place (the Marimekko one) is moving out...

Terry said...

The Maryland archives have digitized records back into the 1700's. The earliest records don't use the apostrophe.

This is actually an interesting thing to root through overall. Sort of like when you go into a library to find a specific book and end up browsing through all sorts of things.

http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/

I've used it to troll up historical information on locations to add to field trips and so forth.

Sligo said...

I imagine that the lack of an apostrophe was more of a quirk of old grammar, for which there were few standardized rules. Regardless, I doubt that the re-namers of PG Plaza had that in mind...

Nate said...

They should just expand the name that's been used for the Ellsworth zone, and call the mall Silver Plaza. It sounds moderately classy, it avoids confusion, and it gives some of the cachet of the new, shiny chain stores and restaurants to the downtrodden old interior.

More than a new name, they need some new tenants, but no one is going to want to move in right before a gigantic construction project starts right over their heads. I have a bad feeling that the upscaling of City Place is going to have to wait a few more years . . .

Sligo said...

I like the Silver Plaza idea, but are City Place and the rest of "DTSS" managed by the same company?

honeykbee said...

Jumping on the back of gobi's idea, how about "The National Mall"

jen said...

ye olde shoppes at silver sprung towne

i actually liked the old city place. the loss of nordstrom rack is a tragedy. not only that, but
i loved being able to go to ross, marshall's, and nordstrom rack all in the same building.

i also liked that the theater wasn't crowded. i never go to the new theater because you have to get there 2 hours before your movie starts to deal with the line.

and i like the non-chain, non-upscale shops. they have a lot of fashions that you don't see in other parts of montgomery county, and they are affordable.

Lindemann said...

"Non-Aspirational Yuppie Shopping Facility"

WashingtonGardener said...

I agree with Jen - miss the Rack, Ross, and Marshalls all in one place - plus a few others we've now lost. :-(

As to names - why not take off on the location? - the corner of Fenton and Colesville in heart of SS:

Fenton Village Plaza
Colesville Corner
Colesville Gallerie
Silver Gallerie
Silver Plaza
etc.

Anonymous said...

jen said...

and i like the non-chain, non-upscale shops. they have a lot of fashions that you don't see in other parts of montgomery county, and they are affordable.

11/03/2006 4:01 PM

And that comment right there is the main reason why Silver Spring can not ever get the respect(like Arlington, Alexandria, Springfield, Falls Church, and Fairfax) that it deserves because of closed minded people like you that wants to keep Silver Spring looking like a blighted third world town with run down non-popular shops.

Being against uopscale shoping/development in Silver Spring equals the likes of being a hater of Silver Spring and would hate for Silver Spring to compete with Arlington, Alexandria, Downtown DC, Springfield, Falls Church, and Fairfax.

Lindemann said...

"that wants to keep Silver Spring looking like a blighted third world town with run down non-popular shops."

Uh, have you actually ever been near any economic deprivation? Silver Spring is far from that.

"Being against uopscale shoping/development in Silver Spring equals the likes of being a hater of Silver Spring and would hate for Silver Spring to compete with Arlington, Alexandria, Downtown DC, Springfield, Falls Church, and Fairfax."

By "compete with," you apparently mean "look exactly like." I think there is room for dispute there.

Anonymous said...

Lindemann said...
"that wants to keep Silver Spring looking like a blighted third world town with run down non-popular shops."

Uh, have you actually ever been near any economic deprivation?

RE: Yes

Lindemann said...
Silver Spring is far from that.

re: Not when you compare it to Arlington, Alexandria, Tysons Corner, Fairfax, and Springfield.

Lindemann said...
Anonymous said...

"Being against uopscale shoping/development in Silver Spring equals the likes of being a hater of Silver Spring and would hate for Silver Spring to compete with Arlington, Alexandria, Downtown DC, Springfield, Falls Church, and Fairfax."

By "compete with," you apparently mean "look exactly like." I think there is room for dispute there.

RE: No I mean compete as of recieving just as much retail options and the people that will patronize it along with looking exactly like or better then.

So what you saying, that Silver Spring is not worthy of competing against rlington/Alexandria when it comes to Upscale Retail and other forms of Upscale Development.

Lindemann said...

Hello Anonymous,

I don't think Arlington and Alexandria are the gold standard of places to live. If I did, I would move there. Perhaps you should, since you are apparently so envious of the amenities they offer.

While I am not particularly fond of Arlington and Alexandria, I also understand that other people have different preferences than I do, and act on them in choosing to live there.

You claim that those who are opposed to your preferred development style "hate" Silver Spring. I have lived in Silver Spring for 21 years, so obviously I like it a lot. If it turned into a clone of Arlington or Alexandria in terms of its "Upscale Retail and other forms of Upscale Development," I'm pretty sure I would not like it as much.

All of which is a long way of saying: I miss Ross Dress for Less, and I ain't ashamed.

I've spent too much time on this already,
Lindemann

Debbie Cook said...

Right now I still call it Sh-tty Place or Scary Place. After it's been redone -
Maybe:
Silver Spring Place -
"Shop in Silver Spring's Famous, Historic Mall! The restored Building with it's streamlined Art Deco Style was the first Hecht Co Store in Montgomery County, Md."
Forget the Wheaton or Montgomery Malls, Forget the rest come and shop at the Best - Silver Spring!"

Anonymous said...

I think you meant 'its' not 'it's'. Why can't people get that straight??

Sligo said...

Dan, is that you?

p.e. said...

anon- actually, debbie is right with the "it's" - let's get it straight, teehee.

i think debbie is saying "after it (has) been redone . . . "

jen said...

what lindemann said.

i better just leave it at that before my temper gets the best of me.

Anonymous said...

No more budget stores, people moving into the community have money. Businesses need to recognize this and put up high end stores I'm tired of having commute to Bethesda, Northern VA to get my shop on.

Get rid of these dollar/budget stores and put in the goods.

Anonymous said...

To p.e.- i was referring to the it's that was improperly used: "it's streamlined" should have been "its streamlined."

Marni said...

Hi! I’m one of the owners from the store that was in City Place (Honfleur Home), and, yes, our stuff was packed pretty tightly in that space while the customers were not, so we're moving to the corner of Georgia and Ellsworth by March 1st. Actually, to clarify, we're opening two stores: a Marimekko and a Honfleur Home. That location is just too good to be another cookie-cutter store or chain restaurant. We're planning to bring more than just a run-of-the-mill shop to that corner; we've built in community space, children's events, art shows, etc. Our guiding principles -- already touted on our four year old web store HonfleurHome.com -- is “the simple quality of being well made” or “look like you and not like everyone you know”, and we’re definitely sticking with them. If you can buy something we carry elsewhere (particularly Target or TJMaxx or other big-box store), well, then we likely won’t have it in stock. And we don’t aim for pricey either! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, all. Marni [And about City Place . . . we moved there with the highest of hopes, but the energy isn't there (I know, I'm big on understatements).]

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