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Old Town Alexandria Named a Top U.S. Downtown

Livability.com cites Old Town, Virginia for its economic vitality and amenities, among other things.

Alexandria’s Old Town has been named one of the top 10 downtowns in the nation by Livability.com.

Old Town ranked No. 3 in the nation, following Fort Collins, Colo., and Charleston, S.C.

For the list, Livability editors whittled down a list of 500 cities with populations between 100,000 and 300,000.

They considered the downtown’s economic vitality by assessing the city’s unemployment rate, downtown vacancy rate, distance between residential areas and downtown amenities and residents’ average income levels.

The website’s editors noted Old Town is the third oldest historic district in the nation, featuring colonial architecture and cobblestone streets.

“While the area is big on charm, it also offers a cosmopolitan feel and a culinary scene that is getting international attention. Virtue Feed & Grain, located near the waterfront in Old Town, was recently named on a list of best new restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine," the editors said.

King Street, with its restaurants, pubs and shops, was named one of the 10 "Great Streets" of 2011 by the American Planning Association.

“This list highlights those cities with downtowns that offer residents and visitors valuable experiences – museums and theaters for families to visit, restaurants and coffee shops where friends can gather, shops and boutiques for finding memorable keepsakes” Livability.com spokesman John Hood said in a statement. “We chose cities in which the residents and government leaders have invested in downtown revitalization projects, providing a favorable atmosphere for older businesses to thrive and for new businesses to grow.”

Patti and Isabella Labrador October 31, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I sure do miss Old Town Akexandria.... I spent the best years of my life there..... So very wonderful !!
Judy Lomago Gray October 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I am not surprised at all ~ downtown Old Town is a fabulous place. I love spending time there, wish I could live there too (luckily, I'm not too far away)
Linda Couture November 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Disappointed, however, that Southern Living magazine had a large spread on Virginia, but Alexandria wasn't included despite our historic importance and the Torpedo Factory. Somehow our visitors' organization, which is taxpayer supported, missed this opportunity. Linda Couture

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