We’re delighted that the American Planning Association has named Baton Rouge’s Garden District as one of its “10 Great Neighborhoods” for 2012, an honor that places the Garden District in the company of only nine other neighborhoods across the country.
The distinction continues a tradition of recognition for Louisiana neighborhoods by the APA.
In 2007, the association recognized St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans as a Great Street. In 2009, the group honored the Crescent City’s Faubourg Marigny district as a Great Neighborhood. Jackson Square has also been recognized by the APA as a Great Public Space.
In designating Baton Rouge’s Garden District for an honor, the APA noted the neighborhood’s historic residential architecture, live oak trees and community involvement, among other attributes.
The American Planning Association is a national nonprofit that promotes the preservation of development of successful communities. Its recognition of several Louisiana landmarks is a reminder of this state’s civic treasures — and the need to protect those treasures for future generations.