ArtPlace says these communities were identified as being "...exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods." The data used to hone in on these neighborhoods included six main criteria, such as the number of arts organizations, the neighborhood's Walk Score and the number of independent businesses.
Some surprising, lesser-known communities rose to the top, including Manhattan Valley in New York City and East Town in Milwaukee. The full report can be downloaded here. San Francisco's Mission District, Old City in Philadelphia and (of course) Portland, Oregon's Pearl District made the list.
“The impact the arts have had on the social and economic vibrancy and economy of these communities is unmistakable,” noted Carol Coletta of ArtPlace in a press release. “This study shows how the arts can provide a foundation for a diversity of neighborhoods to thrive.”