Richmond’s Fan District has been named one of 10 “Great Neighborhoods” for 2014 by the American Planning Association.
The APA, which is releasing the names of the annual winners today, recognizes neighborhoods that “add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs,” the organization said in a statement.
“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,” the organization said.
The Fan was recognized by APA, in part, for having many intact homes from the early 20th century and a variety of architectural styles, such as Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, the Bungalow, American Foursquare, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial and Art Deco.
The APA also recognized the Fan District Association for organizing regular events with community participation, including a Holiday House Tour, Historic Garden Week, and Winter Carnival.
The other “Great Neighborhoods” this year are Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C.; Arbor Hill in Albany, N.Y. ; the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri; Fields Corner in Dorchester, Mass.; Fremont in Seattle; Greater Belhaven in Jackson, Miss.; La Alma/Lincoln Park in Denver; Uptown in Oakland, Calif.; and the Victorian District in Savannah, Ga.
Since launching Great Places in America in 2007, the APA has selected 230 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces.