Downtown Frederick was recognized as one of the American Planning Association’s 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010 under the association’s Great Places in America program. The APA says the following about Downtown Frederick:
Having survived numerous threats — natural, political, and economic — to its existence, Downtown Frederick is an urban montage, seamlessly blending old and new. Its treasure trove of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century buildings — one of the largest contiguous historic districts on the East Coast — traces the city’s architectural development. Adaptive reuse is the rule and new construction echoes, rather than imitates, the past. The iconic clustered spires, immortalized in John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “Barbara Frietchie,” are part of an architectural portrait that has evolved over some 260 years.
Here is more about the announcement from the Frederick News Post. Thanks for the tip Stephanie.