In many ways, this is the list that started my blog--a compilation of urban neighborhoods across the country and around the world, each a focal point of new energy in their respective cities and regions. Looking at neighborhoods large and small actively engaged in the complex process of defining themselves has provided a great amount of the original fuel for this effort. Hence, why the list has its own page.
These places are real--they have actual residents and actual bricks-and-mortar infrastructure. Each is unique and deserves a higher profile--these are the places seen locally as having that transformative spark, and in many cases are held up as examples of the way city life is supposed to be.
That said, this list of places is by no means exhaustive. In fact, I'd love your help in making it more complete. If you have a neighborhood you think should be included here (especially those outside of North America), please let me know.
The list is also probably outdated. I've added and subtracted various neighborhoods over the last few years but, as is reflective of the shifting tides of urban "buzz" and corresponding developments and branding campaigns, I'm sure that there ones I'm missing, and others that may no longer be current. Still others may have fizzled entirely, given recent economic gloom. And then are those that just simply don't have a website along the lines of what I've looked for, such as any of the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, because they either have no unified branding campaign, would never want one, or simply don't need one.
Regardless, here's over 100 places that have informed the creation of this blog: