Oklahoma City's Paseo district, blighted and filled with boarded-up properties 30 years ago, is on the American Planning Association's "10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010."
The list, released Tuesday, marks the first such designation in Oklahoma.
The American Planning Association singled out the neighborhood for its historic architecture, colorful and Spanish-
"This significant designation is a result of years of dedication from local artists, entrepreneurs, investors, neighbors and people passionate about The Paseo," Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman said. "This extraordinary architectural and artistic haven is the envy of cities across the country."
The Paseo is on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally developed by G.A. Nichols as Spanish Village, the first shopping district north of downtown. The district joins 40 neighborhoods, 40 streets and 30 public spaces designated in 47 states by the association.
The planning association also noted that in response to the neighborhood's rising property values and growing reputation as a coveted place to live or locate a business, the nonprofit housing advocacy group, Positively Paseo teamed up with the city to provide housing for low- and moderate-
"The brightly colored architecture, vibrant street life in the Spanish Village, and thriving art scene help create a strong sense of place," American Planning Association CEO Paul Farmer said. "City officials, business leaders, community activists and residents are to be commended for creating a place of such value and liveliness."
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