Montclair residents and visitors, who enjoy the live music, shopping, restaurants, yoga events and all-around great vibe that Church Street in Montclair Center offers, know exactly how great the street is. Now, Church Street’s charms have been officially recognized; the street in Montclair has been named a Great Place in New Jersey by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ).
“APA-NJ chose to honor Church Street because it excels in all of the elements of a Great Street,” said APA-NJ President Charles Latini, Jr., AICP. “Pedestrians in Montclair Center are drawn to its wide sidewalks, comfortable benches, window-shopping opportunities, alfresco dining, and outdoor entertainment.”
“Part of Church Street’s charm is the rich diversity of architectural styles found in such a compact setting,” added Linda E. Wills, AICP, APA-NJ Great Places Committee Chair and one of this year’s Great Places in New Jersey judges. “Visitors following Its S-curve route enjoy the streetscape as it unfolds.”
“Church Street offers a regional destination for shopping, dining, working, living and just plain enjoying,” said Executive Director of the Montclair Center Corporation, Luther Flurry. “The hubbub of friends meeting and enjoying and the sounds of street entertainment create an excited buzz, but you can find a quiet spot to listen to birds or contemplate an architectural detail.”
“We are pleased to recognize eight special and unique places around New Jersey,” said APA-NJ Chapter President Charles Latini, AICP. “From Church Street in Montclair and Broad Street in Hopewell Borough, to historic Downtown Frenchtown on the Delaware River and the relatively new Pier Village on the Long Branch beach front,” Latini continued, “our 2012 Great Places reflect a tremendous amount of history, diversity and economic vitality. We hope that they inspire other communities to envision, plan and create their own great places.”
Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe and desirable, places where people want to live, work and visit every day. New Jersey’s great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community activity.
More on all the 2012 Great Places in New Jersey designees.