Posted on | February 3, 2013 | No Comments
Chamber member Velocity Dance Center was the place to celebrate Capitol Hill's Pike/Pine corridor being named one of twelve top ArtPlaces in America. On January 25th Mayor McQuinn accepted the certificate from representatives of ArtPlace, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies committed to accelerating “creative placemaking”. An ArtPlace is a community that successfully combines the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods. The Capitol Hill neighborhood ranked highly not only against local Seattle neighborhoods but also nationally, showing a combination of factors that place it in the top twelve in the country.
ArtPlace’s selection of the top twelve neighborhoods was based on a set of six indicators identified by Impresa Inc., a Portland-based consulting firm specializing in the study of metropolitan economies. Four indicators measure ingredients of vibrancy: the number of retail and service businesses; the percentage of independent businesses; the neighborhood’s Walk Score; and the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood. Two arts-related indicators were also used: the number of arts-related non-profits and the number of arts-related businesses. Finally, neighborhood scores were normalized for family income so that neighborhoods with the highest concentration of income did not skew the results.
The other neighborhoods ranking among the Top Twelve ArtPlaces for 2013 (in alphabetical order, not ranked) are:
Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights
Dallas, TX / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood
Miami Beach, FL / South Beach
Milwaukee, WI / East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side
New York, NY / Manhattan Valley
Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland, and Jack London Square
Philadelphia, PA / Old City
Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
San Francisco, CA / The Mission District
Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle