Top Ten Neighborhoods I Haven’t Been

A flurry of sites have pointed to the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) – 20 Best Neighborhoods in North America, to which I looked hopefully, only to discover that my life has been characterized by a pretty consistent absence from “best neighborhoods” (I’m hoping there isn’t a cause-and-effect relationship at work here). I’ve been to the East Village (#2) in passing, and I think I’ve seen Camden (#4), but I’m mostly a stranger to PPS’s most admirable spots in North America. I can still get acquainted with Oak Park, though, and Josiah aspires to relocate to Northfield.

And let’s not even talk about the best neighborhoods in the world.

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Neighborhoods I Haven’t Been

  1. I’ve been through Oak Park, though I’m not certain about the specific Lake St. neighborhood to which they point; but I’ve never been near any of the others, either.

    Another “Best of” list from which my life is noticably absent– but quite frankly, I am not especially distressed about this. The places in which I have lived have been, if not lovely, at least lovable; and it seems to me that the value of a neigborhood, as in any human relationship, is largely what we make of it by our own contributions to the effort.

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