D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has announced that the Adams Morgan and U Street NW areas have been recognized together as one of the top 12 ArtPlaces in America by ArtPlace. ArtPlace is a collection of leading national and regional banks, foundations and federal agencies devoted to advancing “creative placemaking," which they describe as "putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities."

Here's what Gray had to say, via press release:

“I am thrilled that ArtPlace has selected the Adams Morgan and U Street neighborhoods together as one of its Top 12 ArtPlaces in the nation,” said Mayor Gray. “This recognition affirms the investments we have been making in the District’s livability and sustainability as well as the investments we’ve made in our creative economy by supporting artists, small businesses, cultural non-profits, retail and restaurants. These individuals and institutions, in turn, improve the District’s quality of life by creating safe, convenient, unique and thriving neighborhoods.”

The neighborhoods were selected because they combined the "arts, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to create vibrant neighborhoods."

[via Prince of Petworth]