Fells Point makes top 10 'great' neighborhoods list

Baltimore Business Journal
By James Briggs

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 10:20am EDT

The American Planning Association has included Baltimore’s Fells Point on a list of 10 great American neighborhoods.

The APA picked Fells Point because of its history, character, architecture and preservation efforts.

“Fells Point’s journey from prominence to decline and back again demonstrates how determined residents and insightful planning can preserve community character and foster economic growth,” APA CEO Paul Farmer said in a statement. “Undaunted by challenges, from a proposal in the 1960s to locate a freeway through the neighborhood to flooding caused by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, Fells Point has used its rich maritime past and historic assets to attract new residents and tourists, enliven its streets and invigorate its local economy.”

Fells Point was the only Maryland neighborhood to make the list, but the APA in the past has recognized Baltimore’s Charles Village, downtown Frederick and Main Street in Annapolis for similar designations.

Other neighborhoods on the list this year are the Garden District in Baton Rouge, La.; Lower Highland and Historic Downtown in Falls River, Mass.; Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids, Mich.; downtown Salisbury, N.C.; Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia; Cooper-Young in Memphis; Fairmont-Sugar House in Salt Lake City; Beacon Hill in Seattle; and downtown Walla Wall, Wa.