2009

Broadway Street

Skagway, Alaska

Characteristics, Features, and Map

The Coast Mountains stand just a thousand feet from Broadway Street and nearly all of the storefronts and other buildings erected during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Efforts to protect the city's historic buildings, gold rush artifacts, and related resources first involved individual residents such as Harriet Pullen, who arrived in Skagway in 1897 and went on to amass a well-known museum collection. Today many of Broadway's historic buildings — originally hotels, saloons, and stores — are used as museums, jewelry stores, gift shops, and art galleries.

President Clinton Avenue

Little Rock, Arkansas

Characteristics, Features, and Map

The transformation of Little Rock's East Markham Street to what is now President Clinton Avenue was, in the words of a long-time Little Rock business leader, "an overnight success 20 years in the making." The avenue is a popular destination and hub of activity with a mixture of restaurants, museums, art galleries, entertainment venues, stores, offices, educational facilities, apartments, and loft condominiums. Some 30 sidewalk benches, almost 150 street trees, decorative lighting, designed walkways, outdoor sculptures, and scenic views make for a memorable experience.

Front Street

Bath, Maine

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The center of commerce, government, and fellowship in Bath for 200 years, Front Street is one of Maine's architectural treasures. Bath's maritime and shipbuilding history permeates the street, which affords scenic views of the Kennebec River and the city's place-defining trademark, the giant red-and-white Bath Iron Works crane. Familiar with adversity, the street has rebounded from hardships, disasters, and disinvestment time and time again. Bath's merchants and citizens, unwilling to concede defeat, have stood together and rebuilt what was razed and revitalized what was shut down or boarded up.

South Main Street

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Characteristics, Features, and Map

South Main Street is downtown Ann Arbor's center of activity and community gathering place. The continuous rhythm of detailed masonry building storefronts right at the sidewalk's edge contributes to an exciting pedestrian environment. The City of Ann Arbor's continuous efforts to preserve these buildings — most housing locally owned businesses — ensures that the street's unique appearance and character remain intact.

Front Street

Traverse City, Michigan

Characteristics, Features, and Map

Front Street is one of best — if not the very best — place to be in this popular northern Michigan resort community. The street captures just about everything residents and visitors like about Traverse City: scenic views of the Boardman River, a Victorian-era opera house, the Jay Smith Walkway pocket park, generous 12-to-14-foot-wide sidewalks with benches and shade trees, the city's highest density of stores and businesses, and numerous festivals and special events that attract hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Haddon Avenue

Collingswood, New Jersey

Characteristics, Features, and Map

As the main street of Collingswood, a borough with 14,000 residents, Haddon Avenue is a mixture of small town friendliness and larger city diversity. The tree-lined avenue with its historic buildings, wide sidewalks, town clock, period lamp posts, flower baskets, and pole banners captures the look and feel of late 19th and early 20th century small town America. At the same time, a more contemporary side to the avenue is making Collingswood one of New Jersey's smart growth leaders. Transit-oriented development known as the LumberYard is being completed this year.

Main Street

Greenville, South Carolina

Characteristics, Features, and Map

Main Street in downtown Greenville attracts residents and visitors alike with bustling foot traffic seven days a week, day and night. Once lined with numerous vacant buildings, Greenville's long-term commitment to planning and plan implementation during the past 30 years has turned Main Street into a magnet of commerce and social activity that is now expanding into neighboring areas. From its storefront displays to historic buildings, dozens of restaurants and Falls Park, Main Street offers a nexus of opportunities in a unique and remarkable setting.

Duke of Gloucester Street

Williamsburg, Virginia

Characteristics, Features, and Map

Few places in the U.S. have used the present to recreate the past as authentically and successfully as Williamsburg has done along Duke of Gloucester Street. The street is once again the 99-foot-wide "great street" of Virginia's 18th century capital. Aside from more trees and less mud, the resemblance is remarkable. Buildings have been restored to their 18th century appearance and homes, stores, and other public buildings have been reconstructed at their original locations. The street is closed to motor vehicle traffic along its mile length.

North Main Street

Wheeling, West Virginia

Characteristics, Features, and Map

Located along a high bluff above the Ohio River, North Main Street features one of the greatest concentrations of mid- to late-19th Century Victorian-era residences for a city of this size. Nearly 70 buildings, some dating to 1839, remain along the street that is part of the nationally registered North Wheeling Historic District. An ordinance adopted in 2001 established an Historic Landmarks Commission to review new construction and renovations to ensure changes are in keeping with the street's historical character and architectural integrity.

East Newberry Boulevard

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Characteristics, Features, and Map

Recognized for its exceptional concentration of architecturally distinguished homes built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, East Newberry Boulevard is an iconic example of the boulevard planning concepts espoused by Frederick Law Olmsted and tied closely to the construction of two Olmsted-designed parks at the east and west ends of the boulevard. The boulevard's majesty is enhanced by the works of several notable architects and builders from the area at the time. These well-crafted, unique houses were designed not just as showplaces but to withstand the test of time.