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SAN FRANCISCO-The American Planning Association revealed the designation of San Francisco’s Chinatown as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2013. Each year during National Community Planning Month APA’s Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary neighborhoods, streets and public spaces to highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.

APA singled out Chinatown for its historic role as a cultural capital, storied “Oriental” architecture, community activism, rebuilding after San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake, and planning efforts protecting the neighborhood’s character and identity. “Our city’s historic, culturally diverse and economically thriving neighborhoods like Chinatown make San Francisco a world-class destination to live, work and visit,” says San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

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