An Atlanta neighborhood ranked one of five “Great Places” in the country

    2969370893_ef1151c11fAtlantans love Midtown for Piedmont Park, The Fox Theatre, its mile of popular restaurants and place on the Atlanta Beltline, and now it is being recognized as one of the top neighborhoods in the country.

    The American Planning Association (APA) named Midtown Atlanta one of five “Great Places” in 2016.

    The APA judges neighborhoods based on character, composition and planning that drives economic growth and fosters community ties. Midtown rose to the top of the organization’s ranks because of its planning initiatives, colorful history, vibrant arts and cultural scene, connected street grid and investments in walkability.

    About 82 percent of those who live and work in Midtown say they feel a strong sense of community, according to the Midtown Alliance.

    And the hip in-town neighborhood is growing like gangbusters. Currently 20 construction projects are underway in the area’s 1.2 square mile business districts, and 20 more projects have been proposed. More than 8,000 jobs have been announced in Midtown in the past 18 months, and more than 5,500 residential units have been recently added or are under construction.

    “We are excited about this shared win for the City of Atlanta and partners working every day to make Midtown successful,” said Midtown Alliance CEO Kevin Green. “This recognition is a testament to the strength of visionary planning, committed partners and solid execution over the last two decades. “Midtown today is a great example of the big things that can happen when the right people and organizations come together with a shared resolve.”

    On Oct. 4, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Green, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and others will recognize the designation in 10th Street Park.

    “The city of Atlanta is honored to be recognized by the American Planning Association,” said Reed in a statement. “Midtown Atlanta is home to world-class companies, and is marked by its cultural attractions, higher education institutions and noteworthy architecture. This award is not just a win for the City of Atlanta and its partners, but also for the 65,000 daytime workers, 15,000 residents and more than 6 million annual visitors of this thriving community.”

    The other neighborhoods recognized were Santa Ana, Calif.; Old Louisville, Ky.; Nob Hill in Albuquerque, N.M.; and Downtown Warren, R.I.

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