Congratulations to the Highland Park neighborhood, just south of downtown Birmingham, which has won the 2011 American Planning Association’s Great Places award, one of 10 neighborhoods nationally to win the honor (see this morning’s Birmingham News piece ).
Highland Park, one of the city’s oldest planned neighborhoods, is also the densest populated neighborhood in the state of Alabama. It’s known for its diversity of income levels, architecture, and topography. It is also known for its pedestrian/transit/bike friendly streets, accessible parks, and independent businesses (such as Rojo restaurant, pictured above).
Other neighborhoods recognized this year are: Northbrae, Berkeley, CA; Ansley Park, Atlanta, GA; The Pullman Neighborhood, Chicago, IL; Gold Coast & Hamburg Historic District, Davenport, IA; Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood, Hattiesburg, MS; Dundee-Memorial Park, Omaha, NE; German Village, Columbus, OH; Swan Lake, Tulsa, OK; and College Hill, Providence, RI.
Positive national recognition is what this City needs more of. Keep it coming!!
[thanks to maryvw for the pic]