By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A nationwide organization for city and regional planners – The American Planning Association – thinks Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill is one of America’s Great Neighborhoods.

Each year since 2007, the APA has singled out ten special neighborhoods, ten streets and ten public places in the U.S. that rise above the ordinary.

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s David Schaaf presented the award to several Chestnut Hill community leaders on behalf of the APA, because the neighborhood exemplifies excellence in planning, character and custodianship:

“They have a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for the future.”

Patricia Marian Cove of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society moved there 30-years ago:

“It’s walkable, historic, easy to visit, to shop.”

Past winners include Society Hill on the neighborhoods list, Rittenhouse Square on the public spaces list, as well as eight blocks of South Broad Street from Philadelphia’s city hall to South Street, and Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey on the best streets list.

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