SoHo is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, which in recent history
came to the public's attention for being the location of many artists' lofts and art
galleries, but is now better known for its variety of shops ranging from trendy upscale
boutiques to national and international chain store outlets. The name "SoHo" refers to
the area’s location, being "South of Houston Street", and is also a reference to the
SoHo, in London's West End area. The SoHo area's history is an archetypal example of
inner-city regeneration and gentrification, encompassing socio-economic, cultural,
political and architectural developments.