As I described in a previous post, I want to create a more formal partition of named neighborhoods in Pueblo. That way, instead of referring to the “North Side” I can refer more precisely to a discrete parcel of land and the structures and residents within its borders.
I’ve decided to use Census Tracts as the geographic infrastructure for this project. This decision has the drawback of being inflexible in terms of accommodating the shapes and sizes of various neighborhoods as they are perceived and understood by long-term residents of Pueblo. But, in my view, the positives that come along with using a supported Census geography outweigh this negative. As you’ll see in the map below many of the Census Tract boundaries are consistent with the vernacular neighborhood definitions. For example, Aberdeen and Sunset are, in my opinion, spot-on. The East Side is a bit chopped up, Downtown is sort of too big and the Mesa Junction is cut in half. I would love to separate Goat Hill, The Grove, Bojon Town (aka Eilers) and other micro neighborhoods but, generally speaking, this seems to do the trick.
So, without further ado, here is my attempt at Pueblo Neighborhoods 1.0. Click on the map below to enlarge.
Please let me know in the comments section what you think. Don’t worry – you won’t hurt my feelings if I’ve missed the mark. Let me know what doesn’t work for you and offer alternative names as some of mine here may be overlooking historic precedent or more familiar reference points. Or maybe you just have a better, more creative name idea that will resonate with Puebloans.
Thanks for your help!