Best Eco-Friendly Neighborhood – Do you live here?


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So, Natural Home & Garden came out with a list of the best eco-friendly neighborhoods in December and upon taking a look at them, I realize that I am not living in one. Big shock there, huh? I mean, when would eco-friendly, neighborhood, and Los Angeles all be in one category? Um, never. Ever. Los Angeles has its positives, thats for sure, but there are a lot of things wrong with it, and the environment is definitely one of them. Our use of concrete covering almost all the area in the city, the smog, the amount of cars sitting in traffic, the “stuff” that is in the water by my house…eco-friendly is not a phrase I would use to describe this place. But that’s not really what you came for, is it? Let’s take a look at the most eco-friendly neighborhoods that they chose, and I will link to the entire article at the end so you can plan your next move to a better city!

1. Asheville, North Carolina

Revitalized in the 1990s, West Asheville has affordable, renovated and fixer-upper bungalows and cottages plus a fashionable commercial district, tree-lined streets, historic architecture and a small-community feel.

2. Austin, Texas

Located near downtown Austin, South Congress (SoCo) has a lively commercial district full of retro shops, boutiques, neighborhood bars and coffee shops, mixed-use and mixed-priced housing, and outdoorsy orientation.

I have heard SO many good things about Austin its ridiculous. But still, it is in Texas and I don’t really associate Texas with eco-friendly, even if the article says it is. Maybe if any readers live there they could fill us in!

3. Bozeman, Montana

Known for its friendly, laid-back Rocky Mountain atmosphere, Bozeman’s historic downtown features rows of restored redbrick storefronts filled with art galleries, boutiques, eateries, a cultural arts center and nearby parks.

Looks nice on postcards and such!

4. Brooklyn, New York

Resurgent Park Slope is only 4 miles from Manhattan and features charming Victorian brownstones, townhouses and apartments, a stimulating cultural scene and family-friendly ambiance.

5. Chicago, Illinois

Located near Lake Michigan, Andersonville has strong Swedish roots, a unique commercial district, and well-preserved vintage walk-up flats and apartments.

Shhh, don’t tell my wife!

6. Denver, Colorado

Near downtown Denver, Highland is an ethnically diverse neighborhood that blends restored Victorian-era homes with small mixed-use developments, new housing and a hip commercial area.

I gotta say, a few years back I drove through Denver and the air was….brown. Very brown, like L.A. brown. Is that still the case? Just because an area has mixed-used developments and hip commercial areas does not mean it has clean air. Anyone?

7. Indianapolis, Indiana

Once blighted, the inner-city neighborhood of Fall Creek Place boasts a mixed-income community with both restored and new single-family homes and an upcoming mixed-use retail center.

8. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Located on the east bank of the Mississippi River within walking distance of the University of Minnesota, Marcy-Holmes is home to two business districts with unique shops and restaurants, numerous eco-programs and public art displays.

Too cold if you ask me!

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Northwest neighborhood known for its racial diversity, Mount Airy has several thriving commercial districts with lots of mom-and-pop-style boutiques and eateries, architectural diversity and a strong community.

10. Seattle, Washington

Located in northwest Seattle close to downtown, the Ballard neighborhood has a rich maritime history, Scandinavian roots, varied architecture and an energetic business district with nightlife, coffee shops, boutiques, wine bars and a lively music scene.

Another city I have heard great things about and need to go visit real soon. Other than the rain (which locals tell you is not as often as everyone thinks it is) it does sound like an ideal place to live. That and Portland are supposedly wonderful cities.

You can read the whole article at Natural Home & Garden for more info on what makes these neighborhoods the most eco-friendly and what the curb appeal is that each one has going for it. Anyone up to help me move?

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  1. Howdy I am from Austin Texas and to answer your question is easy. First is the University of Texas is almost part of down town. The second requires you to go back to the late 60’s and early 70’s Texas was and is a very redneck place “love or leave it” well the people that weren’t that way started to move to Austin and a lot of those people were musicans. You may remember a Red Headed Stranger named Willie Nelson. Third up until the late 80’s Austin was cheap, so the hippies and artist never left. The area is what we call South Austin and it the last area that has funky, retro, and eco-friendly minded people left in large numbers. Austin is no longer cheap and the area question the homes that were $40k in the 80’s are now $300k plus. See link

  2. Thanks for the info Robert! I have always heard such great things about Austin, we will have to come down for a visit some time to see for ourselves!

  3. Hi! I moved from So Cal to the Denver area in November last year, and while Denver does have poor air quality days, the difference between Denver and LA is night and day. You practically have to chew your air in Orange County. We’re breathing much easier since moving to Colorado.

  4. Oh I figured Lacy….the OC is just as bad as LA. The only time I went through Denver I was amazed at how bad the air was though. Either way, I hope people start caring about this stuff to start doing something about!

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