Updated March 23 at 9:23am

Fall River area named on top neighborhoods list


FALL RIVER – Fall River’s Lower Highlands and historic downtown has been named as one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012 by the American Planning Association.

For its Great Places in America program, the Planning Association chooses areas that “exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs,” said a release.

In choosing Fall River’s Lower Highlands and Historic Downtown neighborhood, the Planning Association pointed towards the area’s post-1750 architecture, geographic assets, social diversity and “striking” vistas.

“Once a booming textile center, the neighborhood has rebounded by building upon existing resources including its Taunton River waterfront,” said the APA release.

Through the Great Places in America program, the APA recognizes streets, neighborhoods and public spaces, which feature unique and authentic characteristics, which have evolved from years of deliberate work from residents, leaders and planners.

“The Lower Highlands and Historic Downtown of Fall River stands out as a Great Neighborhood for many reasons,” APA CEO Paul Farmer said in prepared remarks. “Here you’ll find not only historic architecture and beautiful vistas, but a history of social and ethnic diversity that extends back to the Underground Railroad.”

The nine other neighborhoods on the APA’s 2012 list are: Garden District, Baton Rouge, La.; Fells Point, Baltimore; Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Downtown Salisbury, Salisbury, N.C.; Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Penn.; Cooper-Young, Memphis, Tenn.; Fairmont-Sugar House, Salt Lake City, Utah; Beacon Hill, Seattle; and Downtown Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Wash.

Since the American Planning Association began its Great Places program in 2007, 60 neighborhoods, 60 streets and 50 public spaces have been designated within the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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