TV's "This Old House" names Grand Rapids' Heritage Hill a 2011 Best Old House Neighborhood

ThisOldHouse.com touts Grand Rapids' historic Heritage Hill neighborhood as one of the top 12 "old house neighborhoods" in the country for sustaining a sense of place in a storied residential area.

According to excerpts from the story:

For the fourth year in a row, we've tracked down North America's most timeless neighborhoods—places where lovingly crafted old houses have extraordinary pasts and unarguably promising futures. With help from our friends at Portland, Oregon-based PreservationDirectory.com—who distributed our nomination forms to more than 14,000 historical societies, neighborhood groups, and preservation nonprofits—we've assembled our biggest-ever list of off-the-beaten-path places that are worth eyeing for a great old home.

Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Michigan: This neighborhood is a mecca for people who love historic American architecture. Not only are the homes storied, the fact that they stand is significant to preservation societies across the U.S. Urban-renewal plans for Grand Rapids during the 1960s had doomed this treasure trove of old houses, but the community fought to protect them. In winning the landmark case, members of the Heritage Hill Association set a precedent: Federal planning agencies are now required to consider their projects' effects on historic properties.

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