Nancy R got me thinking about great American neighborhoods. Not cities. Neighborhoods. I am not intimately familiar with all our American cities so my list will be limited and I invite your participation in filling it out. Here is a very partial list of fabulous neighborhoods.

Greenwich Village, New York City

North Beach, San Francisco

Central West End, St. Louis.

Mount Adams, Cincinnati

Downtown Seattle

The Miracle Mile, Chicago

Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

The Garden District, New Orleans

Please help me fill out this list, and please write poems of praise about your favorite neighborhoods in our beautiful country.


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  1. Dave T

    Squirrell Hill, Pittsburgh PA- I can’t regale you with a poem or even wax poetic about it, but within minutes you can be be in either Frick or Schenley Park, at Phipps Conservatory, Carnegie Musuem and Library, Carnegie Mellon University or the University of Pittsburgh. Squirrel Hill itself has amazing places to eat and shop in a quaint shopping and dining district. I did not grow up there, but my parents moved there after all the kids grew up and moved out. It is fine urban living, with beatiful old homes, tree lined streets and amenities galore. Okay, so perhaps I waxed a bit poetic.

    November 23rd, 2012 1:02 pm

  2. Streetglide

    Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan.
    I know, it’s not America but I miss the place, it was my home for almost 20 years. An endless supply of interesting restaurants and drinking establishments (izakaiya), a great university whose campus was designed by FL Wright and his disciples, beautiful parks, Shinto shrines and buddhist temples and public transportation that is unbeatable. Throw in a couple of jazz pits — imagine a 360 round stage at the bottom of rows of tables and chairs on three levels with a piano and you have it. Very ’50s. There’s nothing quite like Kichijoji here…
    Midtown Sacramento is a pretty cool place, sort of like the Haight in the early years without the acid. Beatniks meet hipsters….
    You could do a lot worse than Fort Bragg these days. Mendocino is a commercial dump but the old logging town to the north is coming into its own.

    November 23rd, 2012 1:06 pm

  3. Nancy R

    There will come soft rains
    by Sara Teasdale, St. Louis, (Central West End), Missouri

    There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
    And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
    And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
    And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

    Robins will wear their feathery fire,
    Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

    And not one will know of the war, not one
    Will care at last when it is done.

    Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
    If mankind perished utterly;

    And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
    Would scarcely know that we were gone.

    November 23rd, 2012 1:44 pm

  4. KauaiRobert

    I always loved the Mission District when I was growing up.
    They had a great candy shop on one of the street corners that reminded me of the one in Willy Wonka.
    Those were the days…:)

    November 23rd, 2012 2:30 pm

  5. Capts

    Ugh, North Beach is vastly overrated. Once the real Italians moved on, it’s become a yuppie den and a cultural wasteland.

    November 23rd, 2012 2:48 pm

  6. Steve

    Bernal Heights, SF. Been my home for 25 years.
    Diverse, tightknit community, beautiful views, good restaurants,
    close to the Mission without the crime and crowdedness,
    easy access to freeways. Agree with Capts about North Beach. Granville Island in Vancouver is one of my favorite places. If I ever move to Canada…

    November 23rd, 2012 4:38 pm

  7. RC

    Locally I like Petaluma, StHelena, and Los Gatos.

    November 23rd, 2012 5:45 pm

  8. CohnZohn

    RC, Locally I like the Railroad District in Santa Rosa.

    November 23rd, 2012 6:30 pm

  9. RC


    Moved North 8 months ago, I will have to check it out.

    November 23rd, 2012 10:11 pm

  10. Brady

    The Mission District, San Francisco

    Capitol Hill, Seattle

    Downtown, Portland

    West Hollywood, Los Angeles

    November 23rd, 2012 10:44 pm

  11. Streetglide

    Used to bartend at the Rose Hotel when I went back to college in ’84. The Railroad district is pretty cool. I forgot old town in Sacramento. That’s definitely a cool place despite the best effort of the tourist trappers…

    November 24th, 2012 6:01 am

  12. Nancy R

    I love the McDonald area of Santa Rosa…you can ride your bike everywhere…to the Santa Rosa Junior College Campus, to local shopping centers, and mostly it is just a beautiful area for walks…esp. the old cemetary.

    November 24th, 2012 6:39 am

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