Old Arabi named one of America's 'Prettiest Painted Places'
Contributor: FOX8Live.com Staff
FOX 8 News received this press release from St. Bernard Parish Government Wednesday evening:
In early August 2012, St. Bernard Parish Office Tourism Assistant Tourism Director, Sherry Constance, entered eighteen photographs from the Old Arabi Historic District into the "Prettiest Painted Places" competition sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute. Competing against over 200 colorful nominees from 48 states and the District of Columbia, the Old Arabi Historic District was selected by a panel of judges as one of the nation's 12 "Prettiest Painted Places in America". The purpose of the competition is to express pride in communities, and highlight how an attractive exterior paint treatment can enhance the curb appeal of virtually any home, building, or exterior structure.
Naming of the 12 "Prettiest Painted Places in America" came after a rigorous four-month search by the Paint Quality Institute that involved thousands of contacts with state tourism departments, convention and visitors' bureaus, chambers of commerce, and Main Street groups, all of whom were invited to nominate communities. An extensive press campaign will be executed to more than 12,000 media outlets as a result of the competition.
A panel of judges with expertise in paint and exterior color schemes reviewed the entries, including beautifully painted homes, buildings, and exterior murals, and named two winners from each of six different geographic areas...
In the South Central Region, the winners were Old Arabi Neighborhood, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana and Lafayette Square, St. Louis, Missouri. The former, located just five miles from New Orleans' French Quarter, has two historic districts full of beautifully painted structures. Lafayette Square is an elegant urban neighborhood comprised of stately Victorian-era homes with fine painted detailing....
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