Garden District named one of America's top neighborhoods

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Residents in Baton Rouge's Garden District received some great news earlier this week as the community received some national attention.

"It's fabulous and it's a big deal," said resident Ray Mack

That big deal is being named one the 10 great neighborhoods for 2012 by the American Planning Association. Historic residential architecture, a live oak tree collection and community involvement, are among the reasons the planning association provided for its selection of the Garden District.

"Pride and this fabulous honor," added Mack. "We are the only ones in the state of Louisiana. I've never been somewhere before where it's kind of a jewel and a crown."

Residents in the Garden District are centrally located with a short trip to downtown, parks and schools and while the folks that live there are proud of being recognized as a top neighborhood, they say it speaks volumes for the city of Baton Rouge as well.

"Our neighborhood would not exist without all the businesses that surround it and all the schools," said resident Jim Pergerson. "I think it's good for the entire city to receive this recognition and it's a testament to the homeowners in the area and the pride of ownership and the history."

A history that residents say is the foundation of the neighborhood's popularity and growth.

"There's just so much history here and our house was built in 1942 so it's been here one of the oldest neighborhoods so trying to keep it up and taking pride in it," said Blair Pergerson.

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden declared Wednesday, October 10 as Garden District Day.

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