Washington Avenue in the heart of the downtown St. Louis loft district recently was recognized as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2011 in America by the American Planning Association. The association said in a news release that it singled out Washington Avenue for "its outstanding assemblage of industrial architecture, mix of land uses and lively atmosphere."
The designation comes via the association's "Great Places in America program," under which the APA release said it chooses places with exceptional character that highlight the role of planners and planning in creating communities with lasting value.
When the warehouses on Washington Avenue were abandoned because garment-industry jobs moved elsewhere, the street "re-emerged as one of St. Louis' favorite spots for walking the dog, meeting for lunch or enjoying a night out with friends," the APA noted.
Mayor Francis Slay lauded the street, saying its heavy population, walkability and diversity, played out against a backdrop of great buildings, monuments, parks and art are "what urban living is all about."
He noted that Washington Avenue, which was once neglected and decaying, is now the "urban corridor of St. Louis and its revitalization a core element" of a downtown redevelopment plan.
Living downtown affords residents and visitors alike the opportunity to experiene the true urban lifestyle with the many restaurants, bars, special events and professional sports.
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