10/13/2010 01:01 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LoDo Named One Of 10 'Great Neighborhoods' In The U.S.

Lower Downtown Denver has undoubtedly been a centerpiece--if not the focal point--of the city's redevelopment over the last few decades. Now, the historic warehouse district-turned trendy bar scene is winning national recognition as well.

The American Planners Association (APA) named LoDo one of its "Ten Great Neighborhoods" in America along with the Back Bay in Boston and the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District outside Chicago, among others.

The APA, a non-profit group that helps develop communities, lauded LoDo's "[r]estaurants, clubs, art galleries, shops, and loft residences," and credited "strong leadership and community support" for the neighborhood's turnaround.

In a statement, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said "The national recognition of Denver's LoDo district as one of our country's great places is a welcome reward to the many civic and business leaders in our community whose vision, determination and collaboration over the past 30 years have preserved and revitalized this historic neighborhood,"