UPDATE: Tim Halbur, Communications Director for ArtPlace, would like it known that that there was no “voting body” involved in tabulating the results of the twelve cites and that is was all “data driven”. If you’d like to look at the full report you can do so here.
Okay that’s semi-legitimate, I guess.
Here was the criteria:
The 12 communities were identified as having successfully combined the arts, artists and venues along with independent businesses, restaurants and a walkable lifestyle to create more vibrant neighborhoods. In each place, a particular neighborhood area was defined.
Anyhoo, here are the top Art Cities of 2012, or rather the top “communities” because check out how freakin’ specific this list is:
Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights
Dallas, TX / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood
Miami Beach, FL / South Beach
Milwaukee, WI / East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side
New York, NY / Manhattan Valley
Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland and Jack London Square
Philadelphia, PA / Old City
Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
San Francisco, CA / The Mission District
Seattle, WA / The Pike-Pine Corridor
Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle
Milwaukee, apparently, is pretty fired up by their inclusion. Anyway, congrats LA.
But wait? Where’s Chicago? Erp.
About the Author: COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.