Gay Street named a Great Street by American Planning AssociationDate: 10/05/2012
Gay Street, with its mix of history, rebirth and pedestrian friendliness, has been named one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 by the American Planning Association.
The APA, an independent, not-for-profit educational organization, designated Gay Street as one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program, which recognizes exceptional character and promotes the role planning and planners have in adding value to communities.
Because of its preservation and its contributions to Knoxville’s economic base and vibrant arts scene, 10 blocks of Gay Street from the southern end of the Gay Street Bridge to West Jackson Avenue were singled out by APA.
“This recognition of the revitalization of Gay Street is a fabulous honor for Knoxville,” said Mayor Madeline Rogero. “The APA designation acknowledges that Gay Street has become an ideal place for business, residents and visitors.”
The nine other APA 2012 Great Streets are:
Duval Street, Key West, FL
Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO
Main Street, Bozeman, MT
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY
Wall Street, Kingston, NY
Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, Shaker Heights and Beachwood, OH
Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Broad Street, Charleston, SC.
To learn about other Great Streets, Great Public Spaces or Great Neighborhoods go to https://www.planning.org/greatplaces. For the City’s Press Release on the recognition visit: http://www.cityofknoxville.org.