Monday, September 30, 2019

Cleveland Street Wins "Great Place" Award - Celebration Planned October 10th

Map of Bear Creek Pkwy, Redmond, WA 98052Cleveland Street in Redmond, Washington Named One of 13 Great Places by the American Planning Association (APA.)

“As part of Redmond’s 20-year vision, the Cleveland Street project was a catalyst for creating a vibrant 18-hour urban environment in Downtown Redmond,” stated Redmond Mayor John Marchione. “This project helped further facilitate private investment in Downtown; creates progressive accommodations for the City’s share of regional growth; encourages biking, walking and soon light rail in 2024; and the curbless festival street design supports opportunities for events, arts and culture.”

 “The streets recognized this year demonstrate the importance of planning in creating vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, APA president. “Cleveland Street is a national example of how planning for a people-oriented, multi-modal environment can revitalize a community.” Once an uninviting one-way couplet, Cleveland Street was often seen by residents and visitors of Redmond as a place to travel through, rather than a place to go. Despite the recession of the national economy, Redmond continued its long-term plan for a walkable, bikeable and transit-supportive downtown area that would bolster local and commercial business.

The Cleveland Street redevelopment project was completed in 2018 and has already proven itself a highly desirable place for small businesses to locate. The space features a pedestrian-oriented streetscape populated with street furniture, unique design and artistic features, and an adjacent new downtown park and urban trail. Cleveland Street has supported further development that has transformed the city of Redmond into a vibrant, dynamic downtown destination. The community will come together to celebrate Cleveland Street’s designation as a Great Street in America on Thursday, October 10 at 6 p.m. on Cleveland Street adjacent to the Downtown Park.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating great communities for all. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning – physical, economic and social – to foster quality of life for all residents. The 45,000 members work in concert with community members, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, the APA Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at 

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