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January 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Capitol Hill named a top U.S. ‘ArtPlace’

Seattle’s arty Capitol Hill/Pike-Pine Corridor area has been named one of the country’s top 12 “ArtPlaces” for 2013, among spots recognized for successfully combining “the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle.” Other districts on the list include those in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Miami Beach, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. A Portland neighborhood was named, too: The Pearl District (and a “portion of downtown,” whatever that may mean.)

The honors were handed out by ArtPlace, a funding initiative by foundations and banks to help neighborhoods grow hand-in-hand with arts and culture. ArtPlace has awarded 80 grants totaling nearly $27 million in 46 communities. Neighborhoods’ “vibrancy” was measured by such things as percentage of independent businesses, Walk Score, the number of arts-related nonprofits and the number of arts-related businesses.

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