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By Michael Granberry, Reporter, The Dallas Morning News

Those bullish on the Dallas Arts District got some very good news Tuesday, when the Web site ArtPlace announced for the first time ever “America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces” and elevated the Dallas Arts District “with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park” to No. 2, behind an artsy area of Brooklyn, N.Y., and ahead of Los Angeles and Central Hollywood.

The top 12 were identified by ArtPlace as “most successfully combining art, artists and other creatives, independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants and walkability to make vibrant places.”

They are:

Brooklyn, N.Y., the intersection of downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights.

Dallas, the Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park.

Los Angeles,Central Hollywood.

Miami Beach,Fla.,South Beach.

Milwaukee,Wis., East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side.

New York, N.Y., Manhattan Valley.

Oakland,Calif., downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland and Jack London Square.

Philadelphia,Old City.

Portland,Ore., The Pearl District and a portion of downtown.

San Francisco, the Mission District.

Seattle, the Pike-Pine Corridor.

Washington,D.C., the intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street and Dupont Circle.

You can read the full report here.

ArtPlace describes itself as “a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies” and was founded, its managers say, “to accelerate ‘creative placemaking’ – that is, putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies to revitalize communities in ways nothing else quite can.”

ArtPlaces describes art as “inspiring and motivating. But it is also a powerful catalyst for change within communities, invigorating neighborhoods, supporting local businesses, and creating vibrant places where people want to be.”

The comments about Dallas were intriguing. “Can you manufacture an arts neighborhood from scratch? The Dallas Arts District makes a solid case that you can. Today it is a neighborhood in transition, buzzing with new arts activity but lacking a community of residents.”

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