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King Street, U Street recognized in 'great street' list

Tuesday - 10/4/2011, 4:49am  ET

Adam Tuss, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - You may live on one of the greatest streets in the country.

King Street in Alexandria, U Street in NW D.C. and Davis Street in Culpeper, Va. have been recognized by the American Planning Association's in the list of 10 great streets of 2011.

About King Street, the Association says:

"King Street contains the site of the country's longest running open air farmers' market, Market Square (open on Saturdays) and carefully restored 18th- and 19th-century Federal- and Colonial-style buildings, many now used as offices, shops and restaurants. Preservation efforts have helped to maintain King Street's historic fabric; strict architectural and demolition controls have afforded these properties even greater protection."

About U Street, the Association says:

"Revitalization efforts have invigorated street life. Once home to the city's most important concentration of businesses and fraternal and religious institutions owned and operated by African Americans, U Street N.W. was also the center of culture, earning it the nickname "Black Broadway." Its theaters and jazz clubs routinely attracted the country's top black performing artists -- names such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Nat "King" Cole."

About Davis Street, the Association says:

"APA singled out Davis Street for its grassroots-driven revitalization efforts that relied heavily on planning and design. Faced with abandonment and neglect, residents and businesses rallied, creating partnerships, crafting guidelines and securing grants in order to resuscitate the heart of historic Culpeper."

The seven other APA 2011 Great Streets are: Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, Ca., Front Street, Lahaina, Hawaii, Main Street, Galena, Ill. Main Street, Nantucket, Mass, Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Missori, Market Street and Market Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Downtown Woodstock Streetscape, Woodstock, Vermont.

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

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