What is a single word that means 'positive attribute'?

Possibly an antonym for "shortcoming." I need this word to describe some of the good features of a neighborhood. Maybe "features" is the word?

Don't want to use amenities because it wouldn't apply to elements of the community itself, for example the Vietnamese population.

Word is for use in a letter to the advisory board for BP Restore money (here on US Gulf Coast), who are asking for recommendations from various neighborhoods.

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    How about the word "strength"? – painfulenglish Oct 29 '14 at 18:19
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    advantage, pro, virtue – Armen Ծիրունյան Oct 29 '14 at 18:21
  • @Oldcat Asset! That's the word I was looking for. – MikeiLL Oct 29 '14 at 18:25
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    Amenities. It doesn't exactly mean "positive attribute" when used of real estate, but rather comfort and convenience. – Jason M Oct 29 '14 at 18:26
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    I would use "benefits" to describe the good aspects of a neighbourhood. – Alo Oct 29 '14 at 18:47

How about 'merits'? That seems to me to correspond quite well to "positive features" and to be a satisfactory antonym for "shortcomings". "Virtues" would, for me, be more positive still, and, therefore, a better antonym for "vices" which is more negative than "shortcomings".

  • certainly no shortage of vices in this 'hood. – MikeiLL Oct 29 '14 at 19:22

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