America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013 (Updated, now including Ohio)
What is an ArtPlace? It’s a place that engages residents and draws visitors. It’s a place that has a backbone of creative culture. It’s a place with small, local businesses and shops. It’s a place where you can walk to run your errands or find a local pub near the new theater or performance space. America’s Top ArtPlaces are neighborhoods where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to be.
A report released by ArtPlace, an initiative of national and regional foundations, federal agencies and major banks to accelerate creative placemaking, identifies the Top ArtPlaces in 33 of the nation’s largest U.S. metropolitan areas with neighborhoods that have been exceptionally successful at combining art, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods.
UPDATE 03/06: At the time of publication data points were unavailable for the biggest cities in Ohio; Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus. We now have that data and have identified the Top ArtPlace in each of the cities. Please find Ohio’s three largest cities now represented in the complete list below.
“Arts and culture are underused assets for increasing the vibrancy of cities and local economies,” said Carol Coletta of ArtPlace. “This list reveals the real potential in cities everywhere to tap into that resource and create exciting, successful places. These neighborhoods demonstrate that art and artists help create the kind of places where people want to be.”
Members of the press can download images from ArtPlace’s tour of five of America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces from this image bank.
The process of identifying the America’s Top ArtPlaces involved an initial search of 33,000 zip codes to find areas that scored highest on a set of six indicators indicators identified by Impresa Inc., a Portland-based consulting firm specializing in the study of metropolitan economies. Four of the indicators measure ingredients of vibrancy: the number of retail and service businesses; the percentage of independent businesses; the neighborhood’s Walk Score; and the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood. Two arts-related indicators were also used: the number of arts-related non-profits and the number of arts-related businesses. Finally, neighborhood scores were normalized for family income so that neighborhoods with the highest concentration of income did not skew the results.
The greatest concentration of indicators in the highest performing zip codes was identified, around which a half-mile radius was drawn. This allows a unique, block-by-block view of activity that sometimes spans traditional neighborhood boundaries.
To see a map of each radius, click on the name of the city/neighborhood.
THE TOP ARTPLACES IN THE COUNTRY
(In alphabetical order by city, not ranked)
Alexandria, VA / Downtown
Anchorage, AK / Downtown
Atlanta, GA / Buckhead
Austin, TX / South Lamar
Baltimore, MD / Downtown
Boston, MA / Back Bay
The Bronx, NY / Fordham
Cambridge, MA / North Cambridge
Charlotte, NC / Fourth Ward, with parts of First Ward and Uptown
Chicago, IL / Gold Coast and a section of the Near North Side
Cincinnati / Downtown/Over-the-Rhine
Cleveland / Downtown
Columbus / West of Downtown in Fifth by Northwest
Denver, CO /Capitol Hill
Detroit, MI / Midtown
Fort Worth, TX / Arlington Heights
Fort Lauderdale, FL / Downtown
Houston, TX / Neartown/Montrose
Indianapolis, IN / Downtown
Jamaica, NY / Laurelton
Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood
Memphis, TN / Downtown
Miami Beach, FL / South Beach
Milwaukee, WI / The Third Ward
Minneapolis, MN / Equal parts of Downtown West and Loring Park
Nashville, TN / Hillsboro Heights, with a part of Edgehill
Norfolk, VA / Downtown
New York, NY / Manhattan Valley
Philadelphia, PA / Old City
Portland, OR / The Pearl District and part of Downtown
Providence, RI / Downtown and Federal Hill
Raleigh, NC / Wade
Rochester, NY / Parts of Pearl-Meigs-Monroe and East Ave
Sacramento, CA / Midtown and East Sacramento
St. Louis, MO / Central West End
St. Paul, MN / Lowertown
St. Petersburg, FL / Downtown St. Pete
Salt Lake City, UT / Capitol Hill
San Francisco, CA / The Mission District
San Jose, CA / Downtown
Seattle, WA / The Pike-Pine Corridor
Tampa, FL / Downtown and the River Arts District
Williamsburg, VA / William and Mary College and Historic Williamsburg
Washington, DC / Adams Morgan and the U Street Corridor
Don’t miss ArtPlace representatives, local arts organizations, retailers and neighborhood stakeholders, and elected officials at press conferences and tours in:
1/7: Washington, DC (COMPLETED)
1/9: Philadelphia, PA (COMPLETED)
1/14: Milwaukee, WI, (COMPLETED)
1/24: Oakland, CA, (COMPLETED)
1/25: Seattle, WA, (COMPLETED)
Are you a local arts leader or representative of a local Business Improvement District, and would like to celebrate your community’s recognition as a Top ArtPlace? ArtPlace would be happy to give you everything you need to hold your own press event. Contact George Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.