DOWNTOWN NEW HAVEN NAMED BEST REVITALIZED NEIGHBORHOOD IN NORTH AMERICA
(8/22/2007) College/Chapel Street Area Highlighted as a Heavily Frequented Mixed-Use Area
NEW HAVEN- In their August newsletter, the Project for Public Places named the area of Downtown New Haven, bordered by College and Chapel Streets, in their report of “Five of the Best Neighborhoods in North America.” The College/Chapel Street District is being described as “exceptional blocks of urban vitality.” This neighborhood was highlighted for its mix-use featuring shops, office space, restaurants, theaters, apartment residences and more.
“This is great recognition New Haven’s downtown,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We’ve experienced some great progress in this neighborhood and throughout the City. Downtown is full of entertainment, downing and attractions for everyone. We still have other goals to accomplish but we appreciate the designation that the Project for Public Places has given New Haven.”
New Haven’s downtown is continuously growing and becoming a magnet for tourists and local residents who take advantage of the conveniences, diverse cuisines, nightlife and culture that the City provides.
“This is only the beginning,” said Kelly Murphy, Economic Development Administrator. “There are great things in the works for downtown. Gateway will soon begin building their new campus here while we hope to break ground in the next few months for the redevelopment of the Shartenberg site; a project that will bring hundreds of new jobs, housing units, retail, and office space to our city. We’re glad that national groups like the Project for Public Spaces are recognizing that New Haven is the place to be.”
The Project for Public Places is featuring its “five best neighborhoods” on its website at www.pps.org/info/newsletter/august2007/best_neighborhoods. The other four neighborhoods recognized this year are: the Pearl District in Portland, Ore. as Best New Neighborhood; The Plateau in Montreal, Canada as Best Hip Neighborhood; Division Street in Northfield, Minn. as Best Small Town Neighborhood; and Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. as Best Shopping Center that is also a Real Neighborhood. The Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build communities.
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