OGDEN -- A resident has rechristened an historic Ogden neighborhood with an unofficial new name and a Web site to tout its streetcar heritage.
Officially known as the Ogden Central Bench Historic District, the neighborhood extending from Washington to Harrison boulevards between 30th Street and the Ogden River has been dubbed the Trolley District by Shalae Larsen, a former city planning commission member.
"It really does a better job of telling the story of what we are all about and how we came to be," said Larsen, who lives in a Victorian-era home in the heart of the district at 614 24th St.
Larsen handed out yard signs Thursday with the district's name superimposed over the photo of a vintage streetcar. She has also launched a Web site at www.trolleydistrict.org to detail the district's news and history.
The Trolley District name was formulated through discussions with residents in development of the East Central Community Plan, aimed at charting the neighborhood's future revitalization, Larsen said.
The plan, which will be presented to the city council for approval on Oct. 20, recommends that the East Central area receive a new name, said John Mayer, a city planner.
"The current name isn't very sexy," he said.
After approving the East Central Community Plan, the city council would have to amend the document to make the neighborhood's new name official, said Mayer.
Thomas Moore, who lives in the nearby Eccles Historic District, believes the Trolley District is an appropriate name for the East Central neighborhood.
"The historic Trolley District is historically accurate and a name people will remember easily," he said in an e-mail to the Standard-Examiner "The residents of the central district of the city have been making great effort to bring attention to the charm and benefits of living in central historic areas."
The Trolley District is the right name for the neighborhood because of its ties to streetcars that in the late 1800s ran along 21st, 23rd, 25th and 27th streets to Union Station on Wall Avenue, Larsen said.
"At the end of the 19th century, the Trolley District was home to captains of industry, railroad tycoons and citizens of the upper middle class Victorian era," Larsen said in an e-mail. "This neighborhood was serviced by a network of streetcar routes connecting the people of the Trolley District to the activity of a thriving railroad downtown."
The Trolley District is undergoing a renaissance, Larsen said.
"The old neighborhood is coming to life once more with home owners restoring historic buildings, an array of eclectic businesses, and neighbors strolling and cycling between quaint streets and bustling boulevards," she said.
Street cars could make a comeback in East Central Ogden.
The city council and city administration are participating in a study that may lead to the establishment of a streetcar system along the busy downtown to the Weber State University/McKay-Dee Hospital Center corridor.
The aim of the study is to meet requirements for pursuing Federal Transit Administration funding for a possible streetcar project that could take three years to five years to obtain.
Larsen is optimistic trolleys will eventually roll again through her neighborhood to complement revitalization occurring in Ogden.
"We have all the ingredients to make this one of the coolest places in the state."