Since the Baltic Triangle (BT) began to take on a life of it’s own and become the digital and creative quarter of Liverpool it has drawn up many comparisons from other iconic “quarters” of major global cities; Shoreditch in London, MediaCity in Salford, but the area that time and time again that draws the most comparisons to the BT is that of New York City’s Meatpacking District (MPD). So for this issue we decided to take a closer look at the MPD and discover why so many people see such direct comparisons between these two iconic areas.
Just like the BT, the MPD’s development grew after the economic decline within the area and out of the derelict buildings that had once housed the industrious businesses on each city’s waterfront area. Each area’s development into creative centres has lead to critical acclaim from the regions media with New York Magazine calling the MPD “New York’s Most fashionable neighbourhood”, and has lead to the BT being called “Liverpool’s answer to the Meatpacking District”.
Both areas are comprised of numerous 18th and 19th century buildings. These historic buildings have undergone a renaissance and become cutting edge destinations where pioneering creatives work and rub shoulders with one another.
Just like the BT, the MPD has launched it’s own website and “Improvement Association” (the equivalent to the BT’s CIC), with each having a similar mission to provide general news and business information. Both associations share the same ethos “we are a community and we are working together to take the Meat Packing District (also the Baltic Triangle) to the next level all while honouring and making history.”
While all this provides a firm foundation for the BT’s connection to the MPD it is essentially the environment created from the style of businesses and the creative individuals that make up the communities that give us our shared vision for our areas. Both the MPD and the BT are made up of fashion and graphic designers, architects, musicians, photographers, film-makers, eateries, night-life venues, artists and creative individuals that create such a unique community while retaining its character through its historic architecture and with its eclectic mix of businesses and a nearby community of residents.
Although trying to put into words how similar environments and communities have been created independently from one another can be difficult, the similarities in the make-up of these two areas are evident for all to see, areas born out of abandonment and neglect in historic industrious buildings, that now home their parent cities creative communities. That has shown us that these two locations deserve the comparisons that they are drawing from one another, and long may it continue.