2009 Great Neighborhoods Media Coverage

Bungalow Heaven • Pasadena, California

"The American Planning Association singled out Bungalow Heaven because it has a large number of significantly important historic homes, and the residents and the city work together to restore, protect and maintain the area's unique character."


City of Pasadena

Pasadena Star News

Faubourg Marigny • New Orleans, Louisiana

"Originally a plantation owned by free people of color, with the sale of the first lots in 1805, the Marigny has historically embraced people of all cultures. The still diverse neighborhood offers a close knit, affordable community to its residents and business owners."



The Haymarket • Lincoln, Nebraska

"Lincoln officials have long considered the Haymarket to be a great neighborhood, but now a national organization has officially bestowed that title on the redeveloped warehouse district. The American Planning Association announced Wednesday that it had named the Haymarket one of its 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2009."

The Lincoln Journal Star

Village of Kenmore • Kenmore, New York

"The American Planning Association has reaffirmed something that village residents have known for years — Kenmore is a great place to live. Kenmore made the APA's 2009 list of Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in the United States, singled out for things like historic architecture, accessibility, functionality and commitment of government officials."

The Buffalo News

"Of Course We're Thrilled": Tonawanda News

Buffalo Rising

Tonawanda News

Downtown Fargo • Fargo, North Dakota

"Downtown Fargo has been named by the American Planning Association as one of 10 neighborhoods around the country honored in its 'Great Places in America' program. Officials say the designation is for Fargo's historic character and revitalization during the past decade. A statement announcing the award says more than $100 million in public and private investments have been made since 1999 to change what the association calls a 'rough, northern frontier image' into one that's more metropolitan."

In Forum

Bismarck Tribune

Ladd's Addition • Portland, Oregon

"APA singled out Ladd's Addition for its radial street pattern, village green, extensive community gardens, and on-going commitment to planning and civic engagement. Developed as a Victorian-era residence park, Ladd's Addition is Portland's most heavily forested, inner-city neighborhood. It serves as an exemplary national model for other communities wanting to create compact, pedestrian-friendly places."

City of Portland

Downtown Franklin Historic District • Franklin, Tennessee

"The 16-block neighborhood was named as part of the APA's Great Places in America program is the first city in Tennessee to be selected for a Great Places in America designation."

The Tennessean

Montrose • Houston, Texas

"Houston's sprawl, absence of zoning and reputation for haphazard development might make its recognition by the national planning establishment something of a surprise. Yet the qualities cited in the award for Montrose — its walkable street grid, carefully preserved historic districts and eclectic mix of homes and businesses — reflect Houston's preference for private rather than government-imposed planning, experts said."

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle

ABC 13 Houston

Dallas Voice



My Fox Houston

Historic Hilton Village • Newport News, Virginia

"Hilton was the first of about 100 housing projects federally financed and built during World War I. Many of its features — tree-lined streets, pedestrian-friendly mix of homes and businesses, walkability — can be found in newer mixed-use developments such as Port Warwick, said acting City Manager Neil Morgan."

Daily Press

Daily Press


Browne's Addition • Spokane, Washington

"Located west of city center, the 176-acre Browne's Addition was Spokane's first neighborhood. It was originally platted from the 160-acre homestead claim of John J. Browne, who moved to Spokane from Portland in 1878. Designated a National Historic District in 1976, the neighborhood has 239 historic buildings and includes Coeur d'Alene Park, Spokane's first public park."

Northwest Hub


The Spokesman-Review