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Published August 30 2011

Downtown Fargo makes Forbes' list of 'most transformed neighborhoods'

FARGO – Another list, more accolades for Fargo.

Forbes magazine’s website released its list of America’s “most transformed neighborhoods” last week, and Fargo’s downtown made the list.

“Since 1999 more than $100 million in investments have poured into the so-called ‘Renaissance Zone,’ ” the website says. “Building values rose 100 percent from 2000 to 2009 and North Dakota State University’s expansion in the area has led to a growing young adult demographic.”

In compiling the list, Forbes’ compilation used the list of 10 Great Neighborhoods released annually since 2007 by the American Planning Association.

“The APA tracks neighborhoods, streets and spaces around the U.S., assessing local economies, housing, transportation and infrastructure, green space, entertainment options, development projects and unique local attributes” to rank and list terrific neighborhoods each year, Forbes says.

For Forbes’ list, the staff “picked out the ones that earned that title thanks to heavy-duty revitalization projects.”

The transformed neighborhoods joining Downtown Fargo on the list: