Like other cities, the nation's capital is a collection of neighborhoods with their individual names and personalities.

Some neighborhoods got their names as real estate subdivisions (examples: Brightwood, Hillcrest, Mount Pleasant, Spring Valley, Cleveland Park).

Some got them because of landmarks (Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill) or historic association (Foggy Bottom, Tenleytown).

Some got them because urban renewal plans tagged the areas with the names of schools serving their areas (Adams-Morgan, Cardozo, Shaw).

One got its name because it once was a separate city (Georgetown). One (Anacostia) even got its historic name back officially because of a unique Act of Congress in 1886 that erased the Civil War name of Uniontown.

And some neighborhoods have lost their early identities through being swallowed up by surrounding development (Hamburgh, Swampoodle).

But one major neighborhood remains awkwardly nameless, and it's MetroScene's thought that we ought to find a cognomen we can nominate to the D.C. City Council for formal adoption, by resolution or otherwise. The neighborhood is the Southwest Washington Urban Renewal Area, known in the 19th century as "the Island"--do you know why?--and to a more recent generation of Washingtonians as Southwest Area B, Area C and Area C-1. (Area A got unaccountably lost in the bureaucratic shuffle.)

It could be Waterside (already the name of the mall in the neighborhood where the Environmental Protection Agency has its headquarters). It could be Channelside. Or Lansburgh (named for the late retailer, Mark Lansburgh, the first head of the Redevelopment Land Agency).

Your thoughts are solicited, preferably by mail. Only two restrictions: local historic or geographic association required, and absolutely no cutesy names like those that end in "-towne." And, yes, we'll explain the old Island name later.