2008 Great Neighborhoods Media Coverage


Charles Village (Baltimore, Maryland)

"'Charles Village is north of downtown Baltimore and home to Johns Hopkins University's main Homewood campus. The neighborhood's physical eclecticism has transcended its boundaries, and some of the brightly colored homes have become famous symbols of the entire city,' the American Planning Association wrote about Charles Village on its web site."

Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore Sun

Greater Homewood Corporation

Baltimore Grows (blog)

The Baltimore Messenger


Downtown Salem (Salem, Massachusetts)

"If you wanted to showcase Salem's charms, you couldn't ask for a better day. About a hundred Salem residents, tourists and downtown business owners gathered outside historic Old Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon for a city-sponsored block party."

Salem News

Boston Globe

Salem Gazette


Downtown Sheridan (Sheridan, Wyoming)

Sheridan's Official Celebration

On November 3, 2008, the City of Sheridan, Wyoming, celebrated the designation of Downtown Sheridan as one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2008. In a standing-room-only ceremony in the historic city hall, APA Region V Director Kelli A. Sertich, AICP, and Director-at-large Debra A. March presented the Great Places certificate to Mayor Dave Kinskey and Gov. Dave Freudenthal. APA commended the area for its commitment to historic preservation and unique sense of place.

Read about the event in The Sheridan Press

Other Sheridan Coverage

"The American Planning Association has designated Sheridan's 'historic downtown and nearby area' as one of America's '10 Great Neighborhoods' for 2008," city Associate Planner Elizabeth Wood announced today.

The Sheridan Press

Sheridan Media (audio clip)

Sheridan Media


Echo Park (Los Angeles, California)

"The Santa Monica Beach and the neighborhood of Echo Park are being singled out as 'Great Places in America' by the American Planning Assn., according to an announcement that will be made public today."

Los Angeles Times

KCAL 9/CBS 2 (Video)

KCAL 9/CBS 2 (Article)

KNBC 4 (NBC affiliate)

Earth Times


Greater Park Hill (Denver, Colorado)

“It isn't quite Mayberry, and you won't find Opie, Andy or Aunt Bee around. But, shoot, there's something so small-town warm and fuzzy about Park Hill that it makes the folks who live here smile with pride when they talk about their corner of the universe."

Rocky Mountain News

9News (NBC Affiliate)


Greater University Hill (Syracuse, New York)

"Judy Schmid, former president of the South East University Neighborhood Association, has lived in the Syracuse area with her husband for 22 years. She said the APA's recognition will benefit the neighborhood."

The Daily Orange

The Post-Standard (via Syracuse.com)


North End (Boise, Idaho)

"As someone who grew up in the North End, it is an honor to be recognized as one of America's 10 Great Neighborhoods," Mayor David Bieter said. "Residents of the North End have always taken great pride in their neighborhood."

KBCI News 2 (CBS Affiliate)

Idaho Statesman

Idaho Business Review


Old Town (Wichita, Kansas)

"We are thrilled and honored to receive such a prestigious designation," said Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. "It recognizes the tremendous partnership between the city and the private sector which made the transformation of Old Town possible."

KNSS Radio 1330

Wichita Business Journal

Kansas CW (Channel 33)


Society Hill (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

"The American Planning Association has awarded the city of Philadelphia two honorary designations in its 2008 'Great Places in America' program."

Plan Philly


Village of Mariemont (Mariemont, Ohio)

Mariemont, founded in 1923 and modeled after an English garden city, is the only neighborhood in Ohio to be on the association's 10 Great Neighborhoods list for 2008."

Cincinnati Enquirer

FOX WXIX (Channel 19)