Historic Licking Riverside among best neighborhoods in US

The American Planning Association (APA) last week announced the designation of Covington’s Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood as one of ten Great Neighborhoods for 2013. Each year during National Community Planning Month APA's Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces to highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.
APA singled out Licking Riverside for its outstanding 19th Century architecture, collaborative efforts by residents and local planners, scenic rivers, and city views.
"Having our Historic Licking Riverside neighborhood designated as one of APA's Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2013 validates our past and on-going efforts for historic preservation, for urban forestry as it relates to livable communities, and for improving 'quality of place' in our other neighborhoods that may not be blessed with the special attributes of Historic Licking Riverside," said Covington Mayor Sherry Carran.
The nine other APA 2013 Great Neighborhoods are:
  • Chinatown, San Francisco, CA;
  • Downtown Norwich, CT;
  • Downtown Decatur, Decatur, GA;
  • Central Street Neighborhood, Evanston, IL;
  • Downtown Mason City, Mason City, IA;
  • Kenwood, Minneapolis, MN;
  • Beaufort Historic District, Beaufort, SC;
  • West Freemason, Norfolk, VA; and
  • Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood, Madison, WI.      
For more information about these neighborhoods, as well as APA's top ten Great Streets and top ten Great Public Spaces for 2013 and previous years, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces.