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Aerial photograph of dogtown LA
 

 

Dog Town, Los Angeles. This is possibly the most linguistically significant of the contemporary dogtowns. It is an old established barrio of Northeast L.A., sometimes mistakenly associated with first usage of the term “dog” (or “dawg”) in reference to one's neighborhood homeboys or friends.reference 1

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The area of Venice Beach is also sometimes referred to as Dogtown as a result of the 2002 documentary about skateboarders, Dogtown and Z-Boys, narrated by Sean Penn and the fictionalized Lords of Dogtown (2005).reference 2

1. Wikipedia contributors. 2006. Dogtown. Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Accessed May 30 2006 from http:// en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Dogtown.

 

 

2. Ibid.

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Dogtown, St, Louis, Missouri. This historically Irish section of St. Louis is made up of three neighborhoods, Clayton-Tamm, Franz Park, and the Hi-Point.reference 3

3. Wikipedia contributors. 2006. Clayton Tamm (St. Louis, Missouri, USA). Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Accessed May 30 2006 from http:// en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Clayton_Tamm.
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Dogtown, North Little Rock. This is the “other side of the tracks” or, in this case, the river, of Little Rock. The story is that the city got this derogatory nickname in 1904 when—through political manoeuvering—a group of North Little Rock residents managed to claim jurisdiction over what had been a part of Little Rock proper. ''Little Rock leaders were furious,'' former city clerk Jackie Neil said. ''To retaliate, they gathered up all of the stray dogs in their city and dumped them on us across the river.''reference 4

4. Miller, Judith. 1983. 'Dog Town' Buries Nickname, but Feud Lives on; the Talk of North Little Rock. New York Times, Mar 20, p. 22. Accessed May 26 2008 from http:// select.nytimes.com/ search/ restricted/ article?res=F0061EFA 395D0C7 38EDDAA 0894DB484D81.
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About the illustrations: Figure 1 is an aerial view of east Los Angeles. Figure 2 is a still from Dogtown and the Z Boys. Figure 3 is the Ancient Order of Hibernians Parade in Clayton-Tamm, courtesy of Creative Commons. Figure 4 is a fancy building in North Little Rock, so fancy that it probably does not allow dogs. It is on a web site for realestate in that community and would appear to be taken from a vintage postcard.
see also: dog town Last updated: May 26, 2008
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