Green Neighborhoods: America's Top 10 Best Eco-Neighborhoods

The greenest neighborhoods in the United States.

| January/February 2007

  • WestFest celebration in Asheville
    Photo by Io Design & Illustration
  • Marcy-Holmes Fifth Street Historic District in Minneapolis
    Photo by JTA Tucker

Our picks for the country’s top urban neighborhoods encourage the healthy, eco-conscious good life. These burgs boast community involvement; shopping, libraries and schools within a walkable area; public transportation; and locally owned businesses.

Some are more affordable than others, but most have mixed-income housing and relatively diverse populations. They encompass environmental and/or social programs; parks, green spaces and neighborhood gathering spaces; farmer’s markets and community gardens; and sometimes alternative-energy programs and green building practices.

1. Asheville, North Carolina

West Asheville neighborhood
Revitalized in the 1990s, West Asheville has affordable, renovated and fixer-upper bungalows and cottages plus a fashionable commercial district, tree-lined streets, historic architecture and a small-community feel.



Curb appeal
• Array of locally owned businesses: bookstores, coffee houses, community centers and restaurants
• Two farmer’s markets, plus access to fresh, organic and locally produced food at a community food co-op
• Diverse mix of singles, young families and older residents
• Plans for a revamped problem intersection, including a medicinal herb garden, info kiosk, bike rack, benches, sculpture garden

2. Austin, Texas






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