Belhaven Named America’s Top 10 Neighborhoods
The American Planning Association (APA) announced that Greater Belhaven has earned the designation as one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2014. Each October, APA’s Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs. APA’s Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Spaces feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners.
Since Great Places in America was launched in 2007, APA has designated 230 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces. Places are announced annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
“Greater Belhaven has so many attributes, and this designation recognizes these qualities and the people that live, work and play here.” said Virgi Lindsay, Executive Director of the Greater Belhaven Foundation. “We have worked hard to maintain the historical integrity of the neighborhoods while incorporating modern-day amenities and continued growth. This honor represents the dedication of the Greater Belhaven people.”
Along with Greater Belhaven, other neighborhoods designated as Greater American Neighborhoods 2014 are: Adams Morgan, Washington, DC; Arbor Hill, Albany, NY; Central West End, St. Louis, MO; The Fan, Richmond, VA; Fields Corner, Dorchester, MA; Fremont, Seattle, WA; La Alma/Lincoln Park, Denver, CO; Uptown, Oakland, CA; and Victorian District, Savannah, GA.