Clinton Avenue Among Planners' Top 10 Great Streets

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 2:36 pm  

The American Planning Association announced Wednesday that President Clinton Avenue in Little Rock had been designated one of 10 Great Streets for 2009 by the association's Great Places in America program.

Great Places exemplify "exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value," according to the APA.

The APA cited the city of Little Rock's "strategic vision, plan and follow through during the past 25 years to transform the boarded-up and abandoned warehouses along what used to be East Markham Street into a lively entertainment and museum district."

"President Clinton Avenue has developed from a forgotten district of abandoned warehouses into a vibrant social hub of our community," Mayor Mark Stodola said. "In a picturesque and walkable setting, President Clinton Avenue has become the lynchpin of a district that includes a major tourist attraction, an acclaimed lecture series, the farmers' market and an array of restaurants, musical venues and museums."

Sharon Priest, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, said in a press release that the development of the street and its designation were "due to the efforts of a community of committed individuals, businesses, organizations and city officials advocating for our downtown."

The American Planning Association recognizes unique characteristics in streets, neighborhoods and public spaces through its Great Places in America program.

Paul Farmer, the association's CEO, said, "City officials, business leaders, investors and citizens are to be commended for their long-range vision and plan to revitalize this area of Little Rock - something they committed themselves to and began years before the presidential library was even a possibility."

The nine other APA 2009 Great Streets are:

  • Broadway Street, Skagway, Alaska
  • Front Street, Bath, Maine
  • South Main Street, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Front Street, Traverse City, Mich.
  • Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, N.J.
  • Main Street, Greenville, S.C.
  • Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, Va.
  • North Main Street, Wheeling, W.Va.
  • East Newberry Boulevard, Milwaukee.

For more information about these streets, as well as lists of the 2009 APA 10 Great Neighborhoods and 10 Great Public Spaces, visit



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