Another week, another list that names D.C. as a best place for [something]. This time, it’s “America’s Top Artplaces 2013,” and the neighborhoods singled out are Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and U Street. The designation comes from Artplace, a foundation that awards grants for “creative placemaking.”
“The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street and Dupont Circle” — as the project identifies an area of Northwest stretching north-south from Columbia Road to K Street and east-west from 11th Street to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway — was selected because it scored high in the following criteria: WalkScore; the number of independent businesses; the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood; and the number of arts-related businesses and nonprofits.
According to Artplace, 88 percent of the businesses in those areas were independent, including 43 arts nonprofits and 13 arts-related businesses. Just 3.9 percent of the workers were in creative occupations, though, as compared to 9.6 percent in Portland’s Pearl District, and 18.1 percent in Philadelphia’s Old City. D.C.’s an industry town, after all, and our industry is not the arts.
Other areas cracking the top 12: San Francisco’s Mission District; Miami’s South Beach; Brooklyn’s Downtown/Fort Greene/Gowanus/Park Slope/Prospect Heights neighborhoods; and Seattle’s Pike-Pine Corridor.
The D.C. portion of the report (PDF) was written by Philippa Hughes, the founder of the Pink Line Project. In June 2012, Pink Line was a partner in lumen8anacostia, a project funded by ArtPlace. Though lumen8 didn’t take place in the neighborhoods lauded in these rankings, plenty of other art events do. Here are a few coming up:
• The Capital City Showcase at the D.C. Arts Center
• The London Souls and The Sea Life at DC9
• NSO in your Neighborhood at Twins Jazz
• Paint Branch in-store performance at Red Onion Records
• “Picturing the Sublime” at the Phillips Collection
• “Here Nor There” at Hamiltonian Gallery
• The Washington Jewish Film Festival, various locations