A trendy Twin Cities neighborhood has been named one of 2017's "Great Places in America," a list honoring "exemplary planning that has resulted in stronger, healthier, and more just communities" across the country.
Seward, a south Minneapolis community of about 7,400, is one of just five places to earn a spot in the "Great Neighborhoods" category.
In case you're not familiar, Seward is the area that stretches from Hiawatha Avenue to the Mississippi River, with the Longfellow neighborhood directly to the south, and Interstate 94/U.S. Route 12 forming the northern border.
It's known for its restaurants, expensive homes overlooking the river, and popular spots like the aptly named Seward Community Co-op. On top of all that, it was named "Best Hipster Neighborhood" by City Pages in 2012.
So what got it on the American Planning Association's (APA) new "Great Places" list?
'The Minnesota tradition of civic engagement'
"Seward's growing popularity," the APA says, can't be "chalked up to a single proposal or program."
Instead, it's due to a "wide variety of initiatives" supported by some 50 community groups, according to APA. These groups, or "block clubs," keep neighbors "apprised of local developments" and help promote "cross-community social ties."
To sum up Seward's virtues, the group points to the neighborhood's Affirmative Inclusion Statement: "All are welcome here."
Some other spots that made the 2017 "Great Places" list include Congress Street in Tucson, Arizona; South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri; and Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio,
You can check out the full list right here.