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America's Top Art Places 2013

America's Top Art Places 2013

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Published by: Envision Adams Morgan on Jan 10, 2013
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Art is inspiring and motivating. But it is also a powerful catalyst forchange within communities, invigorating neighborhoods, supportinglocal businesses, and creating vibrant places where people want to be.ArtPlace, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations,banks and federal agencies, was founded to accelerate “creativeplacemaking” – that is, putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategiesto revitalize communities in ways nothing else quite can.Inside are profiles of the first-ever list of America’s Top ArtPlaces.Twelve neighborhoods across the country were identified by ArtPlaceas most successfully combining art, artists and other creatives,independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and walkabilityto make vibrant places.The selection of these neighborhoods was based on a set of six indicators.Four indicators measure the ingredients of vibrancy: the number ofretail and service businesses, the percentage of independent businesses,the neighborhood’s Walk Score and the percentage of workers increative occupations living in the neighborhood. Then two arts-relatedindicators were added: the number of arts-related non-profits andthe number of arts-related businesses.Finally, neighborhood scores were normalized for family income,so that neighborhoods with the highest concentration of income didnot skew the results.The results are 12 exciting, and sometimes surprising, neighborhoods –all unique, all deeply local, all relatively recent comeback storieswith art at their heart.America’s Top ArtPlaces demonstrate how art and artists are creatingthe kinds of places people want to be.
America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces
Brooklyn, NY
The intersection of Downtown,Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slopeand Prospect Heights
Dallas, TX
The Dallas Arts District, with partsof Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA
Central Hollywood
Miami Beach, FL
South Beach
Milwaukee, WI
East Town and a portionof the Lower East Side
New York, NY
Manhattan Valley
Oakland, CA
Downtown, including Chinatown,Old Oakland and Jack London Square
Philadelphia, PA
Old City
Portland, OR
The Pearl Districtand a portion of Downtown
San Francisco, CA
The Mission District
Seattle, WA
The Pike-Pine Corridor
Washington, DC
The intersection of Adams Morgan,U Street, and Dupont Circle
America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces
(in alphabetical order, not ranked)
Inside, you’ll get a look at whatmakes these communitiesAmerica’s Top 12 ArtPlaces.Writing with intimate knowledgeof their local communities,our reporters interviewed localleaders in the arts, communityresidents and businesspeople.The results tell a compelling storyabout how the arts can sparkexciting changes in communitiesand create the kinds of placespeople want to be.Even though we’ve profiledonly the 12 top neighborhoodsnationwide, every metropolitanarea has its own top ArtPlaceneighborhood. A complete listof the neighborhoods that rankedhighest in each of the largest44 metropolitan areas acrossthe country appears on page 33.

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