"This Old House" pick St. Elmo as promising neighborhood
Editors of PBS's "This Old House" have named 61 neighborhoods considered to that have promising futures, strong communities, and homes worthy of a long-term commitment.
Ranging from big cities to small towns, editors looked across North America to find unique, tight-knit neighborhoods for their sixth annual search for the Best Old-House Neighborhoods.
Chattanooga's St. Elmo district was among those named.
The editors said: "Though its homes and buildings suffered from neglect when many residents left for the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s, the neighborhood has been on an upswing. Today, owners of all ages and walks of life are restoring historic houses to their original splendor, and small businesses have been emerging in the commercial district built around the intersection of St. Elmo and Tennessee Avenues."
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Among the 2013 Top 10 Editors' Picks:
- Asbury Park, New Jersey
- Ohio City, Cleveland, Ohio
- St. Johns Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
- Petworth Neighborhood, Washington, D.C.
- Southside Park, Sacramento, California
- Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta
- Bronzeville Neighborhood, Chicago
- Marshall, Michigan
- Glenbrook Valley Neighborhood, Houston
- Danville, Virginia
The areas on the list feature 61 great spots, with 51 in the United States and 10 in Canada. The criteria of old-house neighborhoods are described as:
- architectural diversity
- craftsmanship of the homes
- preservation momentum in the area
Other factors of the neighborhoods considered were amenities including walkability, safety and community.