State Street in Santa Barbara, California Designated as One of 10 Great Streets in America by the American Planning Association
APA Recognizes 30 Great Places in America
Washington, DC, October 1, 2014 -- The American Planning Association (APA) today announced that State Street in Santa Barbara, California has earned the designation as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2014.
Each October during National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs. APA’s Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Spaces feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners.
"Recognizing these special places highlights the role planning plays in adding value to communities," said William Anderson, FAICP, president of APA. "Planners, working with others, help build better communities in a variety of settings, from urban to rural; the result - better neighborhoods, cities, and regions. We applaud these efforts and congratulate this year’s designees."
Since Great Places in America was launched in 2007, APA has designated 230 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces. Places are announced annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
New this year, APA is seeking input from the public for the “31st Great Place Designee.” Interested citizens can nominate their Great Place by commenting on APA’s Facebook page or via Twitter using hashtag #mygreatplace. The “31st Great Place Designee” will be announced on Friday, October 31, 2014.
STATE STREET in SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
State Street has served as the social, economic and cultural center of Santa Barbara, California, and the southern coast for over 150 years. Its unique Hispanic architectural style and landscaping, pedestrian amenities, proximity to the Pacific Ocean, incredible views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and cultural sites provide 24-hour activities for residents and visitors. Since the 1960s, the city has invested in projects to re-energize the street, such as widening sidewalks, providing a strong retail core environment, increasing support for the arts, banning street parking, creating off-street parking and providing an electric shuttle bus program. More recently, the $8 million State Street Beautification Project completed in four phases replaced sidewalks, crosswalks and landscaping. This year, Old Spanish Days, a cultural parade with educational events along State Street, will celebrate its 90th anniversary. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which draws celebrities, fans, industry professionals and guests to the theatres of State Street for movie premieres each year, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015. To learn more, click here.
For more information about Great Streets, as well as APA’s top 10 Great Neighborhoods and top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2014 and previous years, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces.
For more about National Community Planning Month taking place throughout October visit www.planning.org/ncpm.
The American Planning Association is an independent, not- for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit www.planning.org.