Hot Springs' Central Avenue was recently named one of the 10 Great Streets for 2014 by the American Planning Association.
The main thoroughfare of downtown boasts artisanal shops, art galleries, restaurants and museums, and is surrounded by Bathhouse Row and a few preserved Spanish Revival, Victorian and Greek Revival buildings. The street itself winds through the hills of the Ouachita Mountains.
"Recognizing these special places highlights the role planning plays in adding value to communities," William Anderson, APA president, said in a news release.
Each October the APA's Great Places in American program names 30 streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs. Since the launch of Great Places in America in 2007, APA has designated 230 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces.
Central Avenue in Hot Springs was joined on the list of 10 Great Streets for 2014 by Broadway in New York City, Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., State Street in Santa Barbara, California, and Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Florida, among others.