By David Vandygriff
The American Planning Association released its Great Places in America program for 2015. In the heart of downtown Jacksonville at least five blocks of Laura Street has been named one of the best streets in the United Streets.
In 2010 the same group named Riverside Avondale one of the Top 10 great neighborhoods in the United States.
American Planning Association this year named 15 Great Places: Five Streets, four neighborhoods and six public places.
The 5 blocks of Laura Street runs from the Landing to Hemming Park. This area went through a complete redo approximately four years ago. The sidewalks were widened, tress added, street narrowed, and repaved with paving blocks.
“What makes it a great street is everything that happens there,” he said. “You’ve got Art Walk, One Spark, an amazing bookstore, outdoor cafes, Hemming Park. That’s what the APA took notice of,” said Wiatt Bowers, chairman of the First Coast section of APA’s Florida Chapter, according to the Times Union.
The other four streets were in Dayton, Asheville, N.C., Los Angeles, and McMinnville, Ore.