A travel website has named New London one of the 10 cities in the country representing “America’s Best Cities on the Rise.”
The list was published on Aug. 31 by the website SmarterTravel.com, a website providing travel resources including news, discounts, and advice. The list of “up-and-coming” cities recognizes communities that have placed a strong focus on revitalization efforts.
“Some of the country's most interesting, exceptional cities offer more than meets the eye,” the compilation declares. “We’re talking exciting destinations where communities have rallied around local arts districts and developing downtowns, or historical meccas (big and small) where contemporary updates have revitalized old attractions.”
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The entry on New London recognizes the city’s historical connections to Benedict Arnold, Nathan Hale, and Eugene O’Neill. It also recognizes efforts such as the Parade Plaza renovation and the work of . The article highlights the plaza’s seasonal skating rink as well as the new restaurants and .
"It is such a nice piece along with special mention and recognition to New London Main Street," said Linda English, interim director of the organization.
New London is the third smallest city on the list. Eunice, La., and Salida, Colo., are smaller in both size and population.
The other cities recognized on the list are Brooklyn, N.Y.; Oakland, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Independence, Mo.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Topeka, Kan.; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.