2010 Great Neighborhoods Media Coverage
Lower Downtown • Denver, Colorado
Ellen Ittelson, a planner with the city's Community Planning and Development department, remembers when redeveloping and protecting the historic warehouse district seemed a very bad idea to some people. "During the (Federico) Peña administration, most property owners in Lower Downtown were opposed (to the plan)," she said.
Riverside Avondale • Jacksonville, Florida
"There's some very wealthy houses in the midst of very affordable houses," said Stephen Tocknell, chairman of the local planning association. "A neighborhood won't thrive and prosper if it doesn't accept diversity."
Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District • Oak Park, Illinois
"It has a great collection of 19th and 20th century architecture," said Doug Kaarre, Oak Park urban planner. "It has the best Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie-style architecture in the world."
Historic Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood • Lafayette, Indiana
The award is the result of a lengthy application that Lafayette's development department compiled with the help of the Historic Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood Association, said Jane Boswell, a charter member of the neighborhood group. "It was quite an honor for us, whether we won or not, that the city believes in what we and other historic neighborhoods are doing," Boswell said.
Downtown Frederick • Frederick, Maryland
"APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live, and are defined by many things, including planning, architectural styles, accessibility and community involvement," said Richard Griffin, director of economic development.
Back Bay, Boston • Massachusetts
"It's exciting to learn that the APA has designated the Back Bay a 'Great Place in America'," Mayor Menino said in a written statement. "Residents and visitors have long recognized this great neighborhood as a gem in the City of Boston with its elegant streets, unique shops, great restaurants and vintage homes. The Back Bay truly exemplifies the way in which residential and commercial communities can come together to create a vibrant blend of history and modernity."
John S. Park Neighborhood • Las Vegas, Nevada
"This is a great recognition for the John S. Park neighborhood and the city of Las Vegas," Mayor Oscar Goodman said in a statement. "Everyone knows that Las Vegas has world-class entertainment, restaurants, hotels and boutique shopping and now they know that we also have the best neighborhoods and communities."
Hyde Park • Cincinnati, Ohio
"One of the things we work hardest at," said Ann Gerwin, president of the council, "is trying to preserve the right mix of residential and business. We want to protect the residential character of the community while supporting the local businesses."
The Paseo • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"This significant designation is a result of years of dedication from local artists, entrepreneurs, investors, neighbors and people passionate about The Paseo," Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman said. "This extraordinary architectural and artistic haven is the envy of cities across the country."
Cathedral Historic District • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
"The character of the neighborhood, the maturity of the neighborhood, the ornateness and scale of some of the houses does make it a unique place," said Brent O'Neil, urban planner for the city of Sioux Falls.