The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council last night took one small step for sanity by proclaiming that describing its neighborhood as "Eastside" is incorrect. So, from here on out, stop.
See also: Silver Lake Council Considers Shunning "Eastside" Label.
OK, so the proclamation carries no penalty for breaking this rule, but it's a step in the right direction:
The council last night voted in favor of the motion by board members Dorit Dowler-Guerrero and Anne-Marie Johnson, though there were a few votes in opposition, Dowler-Guerrero told us today.
"I was quite amused that it got this much attention," she said.
The motion was just symbolic. You won't see a fine or jail time for incorrectly calling Silver Lake the Eastside. But you should.
The motion says, in part:
Silver Lake is not located in the "East Side" of Los Angeles nor is it accurate to refer to Silver Lake as a "East Side" neighborhood or community.
Will it put L.A.'s perpetual Eastside-Westside debate to rest? Probably not.
But it does seem illogical to call communities that are technically west of downtown the Eastside, particularly when L.A. does have a historic Eastside that includes Boyle Heights.
See also: Eastside vs. Westside: 5 Ways of Looking At It.
This "new Eastside" is really just a nod to Westside-centric thinking. If the Westside is the center of the universe, which it is not, then Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz would be the Eastside. Silver Lake, at least, is not. Officially.
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The old arguments about where the Westside ends and the Eastside begins are officially over!