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Characteristics of a great neighborhood

The American Planning Association has released their list of best places in America.

And 2 of their 7 factors for ‘great neighborhoods’ focus on social capital (numbers 4 and 5):

Characteristics of a Great Neighborhood include:

  1. Has a variety of functional attributes that contribute to a resident’s day-to-day living (i.e. residential, commercial, or mixed-uses).
  1. Accommodates multi-modal transportation (i.e. pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers).
  1. Has design and architectural features that are visually interesting.
  1. Encourages human contact and social activities.
  1. Promotes community involvement and maintains a secure environment.
  1. Promotes sustainability and responds to climatic demands.
  1. Has a memorable character.

See the list of what APA thinks are the great neighborhoods in America.