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
WEST ASHEVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD
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
SOUTH CONGRESS NEIGHBORHOOD
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
PARK SLOPE NEIGHBORHOOD
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
FALL CREEK PLACE NEIGHBORHOOD
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
MOUNT AIRY NEIGHBORHOOD
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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