People walking the cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks of Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood find trendy boutiques, edgy art galleries, independent coffee shops and ethnic eateries - plus America's most historic square mile. (Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)
Cool news: a new report released this week by ArtPlace, a collaboration of leading national foundations and federal agencies committed to accelerating “creative placemaking,” identifies Old City as one of America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces.
What’s an ArtPlace, you ask? A community exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants and a walkable lifestyle.
Old City ranked highly thanks to organizations and venues like the award-winning Arden Theatre Company and the Philly Fringe Festival, the success of which benefits iconic neighborhood businesses like Continental and Old City Coffee.
Take it from ArtPlace director Carol Coletta: “The impact the arts has had on the vibrancy and economy of Old City and the rest of the Top Twelve ArtPlaces is unmistakable. This study shows how the arts can provide a foundation for a diversity of neighborhoods to thrive.”
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The America’s Top ArtPlaces list is a new annual ArtPlace initiative recognizing neighborhoods in the largest 44 metropolitan areas in the country where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to be.
The selection of the top 12 was based on the following indicators: number of retail and service businesses; percentage of independent businesses; neighborhood’s Walk Score; percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood; and number of arts-related non-profits and businesses.
The full list of the Top Twelve ArtPlaces for 2013 is included below.
Congrats, Old City!
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• Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights
• Dallas, TX / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
• Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood
• Miami Beach, FL / South Beach
• Milwaukee, WI / East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side
• New York, NY / Manhattan Valley
• Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland, and Jack London Sq.
• Philadelphia, PA / Old City****
• Portland, OR / The Pearl District and 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