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Lower Downtown

Denver, Colorado

From railroad boomtown to derelict warehouse district to trendy historic neighborhood, Lower Downtown (LoDo) owes its success to a combination of visionary leadership and political fortitude. Restaurants, clubs, art galleries, shops, and loft residences animate the 100-plus restored red-brick Victorian warehouse and commercial buildings.

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Riverside Avondale

Jacksonville, Florida

A vintage neighborhood with a diverse mix of people, architecture and attractions, Riverside Avondale is Jacksonville's hidden gem, one that still glitters despite years and decisions that nearly destroyed its sheen. Located on the bank of the scenic St. Johns River, Riverside Avondale offers a striking river view of the city's downtown, just minutes away via trolley buses. The neighborhood encompasses two historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a City of Jacksonville Historic District. Spread over eight square miles, Riverside Avondale has 5,000 buildings, making it one of the largest historic districts in the country.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District

Oak Park, Illinois

A virtual living museum of the last 150 years of architecture in the U.S., the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District contains the world's single greatest concentration of residences designed by architects collectively known as the Prairie School. The extraordinary range of architecture illustrates Oak Park's evolution from rural village to urban suburb.

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Historic Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood

Lafayette, Indiana

Long recognized for its heritage and architecture, Ninth Street Hill is known today as much for its community activism as its historic attributes. Residents here believe that preservation is the result of not only bricks-and-mortar maintenance, but vision, enthusiasm, and teamwork.

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Downtown Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Having survived numerous threats — natural, political, and economic — to its existence, Downtown Frederick is an urban montage, seamlessly blending old and new. Its treasure trove of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century buildings — one of the largest contiguous historic districts on the East Coast — traces the city's architectural development. Adaptive reuse is the rule and new construction echoes, rather than imitates, the past. The iconic clustered spires, immortalized in John Greenleaf Whittier's poem "Barbara Frietchie," are part of an architectural portrait that has evolved over some 260 years.

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Back Bay

Boston, Massachusetts

Inspired by 19th century plans for Paris, the Back Bay is a marvel of urban design, simultaneously historic and hip. With nearly 27,000 people, the neighborhood was the first successful attempt in the U.S. to realize the monumental effect of open spaces, grand boulevards, and imposing vistas that were possible only through large-scale city planning. Home to some of Boston's most treasured landmarks, revered institutions, active associations, and successful retailers, the neighborhood in many ways is the physical manifestation of the city's intellectual, cultural, and economic prowess.

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John S. Park Neighborhood

Las Vegas, Nevada

Home to some of Las Vegas's most distinguished residential architecture, the 120-acre John S. Park neighborhood offers an old-fashioned, down-home feeling of tranquility within a half mile of  the glitz and glamour of the city's adjacent and world renowned Strip.

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Hyde Park

Cincinnati, Ohio

Known for its handsome 19th- and 20th-century homes located in park-like settings and for top-notch schools, the approximately three-square-mile Hyde Park is a compact neighborhood where going to work, doing errands, and pursuing leisure activities can be accomplished within 20 minutes of home and without a car.

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The Paseo

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A bustling artists' colony before neglect and blight nearly destroyed it, The Paseo is today one of Oklahoma City's more coveted addresses. Its colorful bungalows attract residents seeking homes with character, its art galleries, restaurants, and shops draw residents and visitors alike, and its commercial area — historic Spanish Village with Spanish Mission Revival-styled buildings, stucco exteriors and red-tile roofs — brings professionals and businesses desiring a place close to downtown yet with a different vibe.

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Cathedral Historic District

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Rising nearly 100 feet above the adjacent downtown, the Cathedral Historic District neighborhood offers panoramic views of downtown Sioux Falls and the Big Sioux River valley. A page out of time, setting the Cathedral District apart is its late-1800s historic integrity. Home to some of Sioux Falls's largest and most ornate houses, the Cathedral neighborhood was where the city's most prominent and powerful citizens displayed their prosperity, confidence, and sophistication by building palatial Victorian- and post-Victorian-era houses.

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