Don't call us the Northwest. When you talk about the upper left hand corner of the United States (and possibly the lower left of Canada), go ahead and call us Cascadia.
Here are a few reasons why:
1. The current alternative is "Northwest" or the redundant "Pacific Northwest" (as if we need to distance ourselves from the Northwest of the Midwest) is colorless. It is a direction, not a region.
2. Also, the "direction from where" question is troubling. Northwest of what? Denver? What we call our region should be centered on this place, not on some other part of the world.
3. Cascadia is just a better name. Cascadia is actually where we are. It doesn't look over its shoulder to some other place.
So, what am I missing here?