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October 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Is Fremont a top neighborhood? Planning group thinks so

Naked cyclists kick off the start of the solstice parade in Fremont every summer. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Naked cyclists kick off the start of the Solstice Parade in Fremont every summer. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

There’s nothing like naked bicyclists to get a little attention.

The American Planning Association named Fremont as one of its top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America.

“This 215-acre ‘urban village’ has evolved throughout the decades as a colorful haven where everyone is welcome,” the planning group’s website gushes.

The list of Fremont’s award-winning attributes includes the area’s vibrant art scene (“The Troll” gets a double mention) and tech-intensive tenants such as Google, Adobe and Tableau.

Our  favorite line? “The neighborhood is famous for the annual Solstice Parade, a gathering of streaking, body-painted, costumed bicycle riders.”

The other neighborhoods in the top 10 are Uptown in Oakland, Calif.; La Alma/Lincoln Park in Denver; Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C.; the Victorian District in Savannah, Ga.; Fields Corner in Dorchester, Mass.; Greater Bellhaven in Jackson, Miss., Central West End in St. Louis, Mo.; Arbor Hill in Albany, NY; and The Fan in Richmond, Va.

What’s the APA? The website describes the organization as “planners, citizens, elected officials — committed to making great communities happen.” We’re guessing they probably wouldn’t have appreciated chugging a Rainier at the Fremont Tavern 30 years ago.

 

 

 

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