One of America's Great Neighborhoods -- in Norwich?

Oct 4, 2013

Main Street in historic downtown Norwich, Connecticut.
Credit Marc N. Belanger / Wikimedia Commons

The Rose City is in good company.

The downtown neighborhood of Norwich, Connecticut was designated as one of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in the country by the American Planning Association.

APA singled out historic downtown Norwich for three decades of planning that has led to the preservation, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of its impressive 19th- and early 20th-century commercial and residential buildings; $70 million in redevelopment initiatives during the past decade alone; and the neighborhood’s ethnic and cultural diversity.

Neighborhoods from nine other cities were also recognized including San Francisco, California; Norfolk, Virginia; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Madison, Wisconsin.

Three decades of good urban planning? Hartford might have to wait a while before it makes the list.