The American Planning Association designated Fells Point as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012.

The American Planning Association designated Fells Point as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012. (Kim Hairston / August 8, 2012)

Fells Point has been named one of the nation’s great neighborhoods by the American Planning Association, a nonprofit organization of community planners.

On Tuesday, the association designated the waterfront community in southeast Baltimore as one of 10 “Great Neighborhoods of 2012.”

“APA singled out Fells Point, one of America’s most important Colonial and Civil War seaports, for its historic maritime role, character and charm, architecture, and preservation efforts,” the group said in a statement.

The Top 10 list is part of the organization’s Great Places in America Program, which was launched in 2007 to highlight U.S. locales “that illustrate how the foresight of planning fosters tomorrow’s communities and have many of the features Americans say are important to their ‘ideal community’ including locally owned businesses, transit, neighborhood parks, and sidewalks,” the statement said.

In 2008, the APA designated Charles Village as a great neighborhood and Annapolis’ Main Street as a great street. Two year later, downtown Frederick was labeled a great neighborhood.

This year, APA’s nine other great neighborhoods are the Garden District in Baton Rouge, La.; the Lower Highlands and Historic Downtown in Fall River, Mass.; Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids, Mich.; downtown Salisbury, N.C.; Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia; Cooper-Young in Memphis, Tenn.; the Fairmont-Sugar House neighborhood in Salt Lake City; Beacon Hill in Seattle; and downtown Walla Walla, Wash.

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