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Oak Park District Just Wright to Make Top 10 Neighborhood List

October 13, 2010

Oak Park is one great neighborhood. Just ask the APA.

The American Planning Association, a not-for-profit community development organization, has chosen Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District as one of the Top 10 Greatest Neighborhoods in America.

The list, released Wednesday, “celebrates places of exemplary character, quality and planning.”

The district, comprised of 97 blocks on the north side of the western suburb, is described by the APA as “a virtual living museum of the last 150 years of architecture in the U.S.”

“The Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District contains the world’s single greatest concentration of residences designed by architects collectively known as the Prairie School.”

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

The Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District in Oak Park was named one of the 10 Greatest Neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association. This is Wright's home and studio.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright got his start in Oak Park. The neighborhood contains 23 buildings he designed or remodeled, including his own home and studio, which is open for touring.

Not only is the neighborhood filled with beautiful architecture, but the APA recognized the area as a model of smart growth: Its compact and transit-oriented design allows residents, commuters, tourists, bicyclists and motorists to move seamlessly through one of the most architecturally rich urban landscapes in the country.

Other highlights of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District:

*Nearly 90 percent of the structures contribute to its status as a local and national historic district

*Ernest Hemingway was born here; his home is now a museum

*It was among the first communities to pass the fair housing law

*Has a great mix of architecture — from Gothic Revival to late Victorian era — and a diverse housing stock

*Certain areas are zoned multiple-family residential to reduce the likelihood of apartments and condos replacing single-family homes

*Village offers programs for first-time buyers

*Every Oak Park resident is within two blocks of a bikeway

*Home to Austin Gardens, the Village’s summer theater program

Since 2007, the APA’s lists have designated 10 neighborhoods, 10 public spaces and 10 streets that “represent the gold standard in community planning outcomes.”

The Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District is the only neighborhood on the list in Illinois and one of only three in the Midwest. The Historic Ninth Street Hill neighborhood in Lafayette, Indiana, and Hyde Park in Cincinnati, Ohio were also named.

To see the complete lists, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces.

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