The streets of Alexandria's Old Town and downtown Frederick have landed snugly inside a new Top 10 list of the best downtowns of 2014.
The website Livability.com produced the list and turned it into a slideshow, counting down from No. 10. Downtown Alexandria landed in the No. 5 spot on the list. Frederick was No. 6. No. 1? Fort Worth, Texas.
"The best downtowns foster creativity, inclusion and innovation," the editors note on the website. "They showcase what is good about a community by offering a diverse array of local architecture, art, lifestyles and things to do. Great downtowns unite residents from all walks of life, even those in the suburbs, by providing places to connect. Above all, the top-performing downtowns must maintain a high level of energy and give all residents in a city a reason to come on down.''
Livability.com said Old Town, with its "cobblestone streets and century-old buildings" fit the bill, especially since Old Town also happens to have a "modern, hip vibe."
Frederick, too, has that old-world charm mixed with martini bars, art galleries, boutiques, residences and family attractions, according to Livability.com.
Livability.com is a website exploring what makes small- to mid-size cities great places to live.
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