Covington's Licking Riverside named a top 10 neighborhood in the US

COVINGTON, Ky. -- The American Planning Association announced their top '10 Great Neighborhoods for 2013' and the historic Licking Riverside neighborhood made the list.

APA singled out Licking Riverside during its hunt for great neighborhoods because of its outstanding 19th century architecture, local activism and scenic views. APA's flagship program celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning.

APA selects neighborhoods, streets and cities from across the US annually. They determine which places represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.

“Licking Riverside is historic gem, endowed with a century of American architecture from the 19th and early 20th centuries and unbeatable views of the Roebling Suspension Bridge and Cincinnati skyline,” said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP. “What has kept intensive, riverside development out has been perseverance by residents, and later measures by the city, that ensure the neighborhood’s historic character is not altered.”

The city of Covington is rich with history. It was founded in 1815 and served as a migration path for escaped slaves crossing the Ohio River. The Grant House, once owned by the parents of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, and childhood home of Boy Scouts founder Daniel Beard are both in the district. 

Today tour buses are regularly spotted driving through the neighborhood, shedding light on its history that includes houses that were part of the Underground Railroad. 

“Besides good bones,” Mayor Sherry Carran said, “this neighborhood has had strong leadership in advocating for stewardship of historic and cultural resources, which is making a difference for Covington as a whole.”

Citizen planning helped to save riverfront mansions in the 60s, which spurred preservation efforts. Citizens of the area also helped the city to establish Historic Preservation Overlay Zoning and the Historic Civic Association.

The nine other APA 2013 Great Neighborhoods are as follows: Chinatown, San Francisco, CA; Downtown Norwich, CT; Downtown Decatur, Decatur, GA; Central Street Neighborhood, Evanston, IL; Downtown Mason City, Mason City, IA; Kenwood, Minneapolis, MN; Beaufort Historic District, Beaufort, SC; West Freemason, Norfolk, VA; and Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood, Madison, WI.           

For more information about these neighborhoods, as well as APA’s top 10 Great Streets and top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2013 and previous years, visit


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