Manchester has come along way in the past decade or so–from boarded-up storefronts and empty lots downtown to an eclectic dining scene, bustling crowds before shows, and revitalized neighborhoods. In the short time that LivableMHT has been around, we’ve seen new shops and restaurants open downtown and in urban neighborhoods, witnessed residents rally to preserve MTA bus service and the West Side branch library, the rebranding of the free downtown circulator bus as the Green Dash and extension of MTA bus service to Nashua and Concord, the planned restoration and conversion of long under-utilized buildings like 550 Elm Street and Tower Mill into art centers, housing and mixed-use projects, and many more developments as Manchester becomes increasingly more livable.
As the calendars change and our first anniversary approaches in a few months, it seems like a good time to take stock of where Manchester is in terms of urban livability, and even more important, where it’s going.
We’ve put together a “best of”-style survey to name Urban Livability Awards for categories in Neighborhoods & Urban Landscape, Architecture, Parks & Open Space, and Looking Forward. From the Most Livable Neighborhood to the Best Piece of Public Art, from the Most Iconic Building to the Aspect Most in Need of Improvement, we need your votes to tell us what is great about Manchester, what could use some work, what you’re proud of in the city, and what you’d like to see change.
Voting will close February 25, and the survey is only 26 short questions. We’ve also put together a map showing the locations of various nominees and information on many of them. You may vote in as many or as few categories as you like, but the more votes we get the better! So please vote now and tell your friends.