BRISTOL, TN/VA – The American Planning Association has named State Street in Bristol, TN/VA as one of five Great Streets on APA’s annual Great Places in America list, which starts the countdown to National Community Planning Month in October.
APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the U.S. demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2018 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices.
State Street is a five-block downtown commercial historic district and a main street shared by two cities in two different states. State Street’s revitalization was initially inspired by a citizen-led collaborative planning process across the two states in the late 1990s. The collaboration resulted in the plan “Ignite: Create Bristol’s Future,” and led to the rebirth of this historic street. The future of State Street looks bright as the community offers activities for all residents, including free events and community spaces, that have become a focal point for Bristol’s cultural and historic preservation.
Locally, the Cities of Bristol, Believe in Bristol, and Discover Bristol will celebrate State Street and its designation as a Great Street at 6 p.m. Oct. 16. Following a brief ceremony, Virginia High and Tennessee High School bands and cheerleaders will lead attendees in “Dance the Line,” a coordinated line dance on one of America’s Great Streets.
Since launching the Great Places in America program in 2007, APA has recognized 290 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces around the country. Designees are selected annually and represent the gold standard for a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for the future.
For the fifth year, members of the public can suggest their favorite public space, neighborhood, or street to earn a “People’s Choice” designation. Throughout October, individuals can offer suggestions via APA’s social media channels using the hashtag #APAgreatplaces. APA will select five finalists that the public can vote on via APA’s website. The “People’s Choice” winner is announced in early November 2018.
For more information on this and the other 2018 Great Streets, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces.
About The American Planning Association
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating great communities for all. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning – physical, economic and social – to foster quality of life for all residents. The 40,000 members work in concert with community members, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, the APA Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at www.planning.org.
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