'Delmarva Shore' ahead?
Beaches of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Every weekend from now until Labor Day, thousands of New Englanders will travel to Cape Cod, thousands of New Yorkers will go to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore, and thousands of Washingtonians will go to ... what do you call that collection of beaches near Ocean City?
One of the marks of an important place is that it has a name, and indeed, naming things is a time-honored tradition in our civilization. From the Founding Fathers' decision to name their federal city after George Washington, to WMATA's neighborhood-defining station names such as Gallery Place and Virginia Square, to developer schemes like Penn Quarter, Washingtonians have never been shy about inventing names for places they deem important.
It is time that we named our summer playground.
Some might propose "the Eastern Shore," but every Maryland fourth-grader knows that moniker was invented to describe the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, not the Atlantic Ocean. It simply won't do. "Fenwick Island" would cover Ocean City and Bethany, but leave out Rehoboth and Assateague.
The most sensible name would be "Delmarva Shore." The expanse of beaches hits all three states, the name is geographically accurate, and it is distinct from Eastern Shore.
What do you think? Should we start calling greater Ocean City/Bethany/Rehoboth "Delmarva Shore"?
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.
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