he city of Charleston’s aesthetics have never been in question, but recently, The American Planning Associationannounced the designation of Broad Street as one of 10Great Streets for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program.
APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.
We learned of the designation from a press release sent out by the city which reads:
APA singled out the 12 blocks of Broad Street for their historic charm, architectural heritage, diversity of uses, and pedestrian orientation. Part of a 1966 national historic landmark district in downtown Charleston, Broad Street has survived a British invasion, devastating earthquake, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes.
“To walk along Broad Street is to understand how the past informs the present. The human scale it creates and the extraordinary buildings, vistas and public spaces are a testament to a visionary plan to create a great civic place that transcends time. We have the responsibility to our citizens to treasure it and convey it to both those who travel it now and those who will walk it in years to come who deserve an opportunity to experience such a remarkable place” said Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.
For more information about the APA’s top 10 Great Neighborhoods and top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 and previous years, visit the American Planning Association’s official website.