Who are the 2012 “Great Streets” Winners?

Every year the American Planning Association recognizes community streets offering better choices for where and how people work and live. It’s part of APA’s Great Places recognition program which celebrates “places of exemplary character, quality, and planning (learn more).” The categories are Streets, Neighborhoods, and Public Places.

The annual awards “represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.”

Here are a couple of the winning Great Streets.  You can learn more about these and other 2012 Great Streets winners here.

Duval Street, Key West, Florida

Duval Street’s low speed limit ensures pedestrian safety and signals Key West’s independence from the automobile. Photo courtesy Brendon Cunningham.













Main Street, Bozeman, Montana

The nomination of the Main Street Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 brought an eclectic mix of businesses and residents to downtown. Flickr photo by J. Stephen Conn














Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, Shaker Heights, and Beachwood, Ohio

Shaker Heights’ Shaker Median Trail is a multi-use, ADA accessible facility. With its benches and mileage markers it is a favorite of residents who walk, bike, and enjoy the wildlife all year long. Image – City of Shaker Heights.