A strange phenomenon that I have noticed is the propensity of Indy citizens to refer to almost everything south of Troy Avenue as “Greenwood.” This may be because a driver down US 31 or Meridian Streets will not notice much of a difference once they cross the county line, so that it blurs together. However, there are many other cases in Indianapolis where the county line is blurred, and you rarely hear of the Marion county portion of the west side as “Avon” or the north side as “Carmel”. The west side is generally just called the “west side”, whereas the north side is “Nora” or “Castleton”.
Fortunately, the south side has a perfectly acceptable small-town name in “Southport.” Southport is actually a city (not a town), with its own mayor and business district. It is in better shape than the historic towns of Nora, Avon, or Castleton. It even has its own Street Addressing system; only Beech Grove shares that distinction. Yet you rarely hear the south side referred to as “Southport”. I’m curious of the thoughts from this blog’s readers as to why this has happened.