Hub, Salem are cited by planners' group
A national group of planners is hailing a segment of Boston's Washington Street and Downtown Salem as examples of good urban planning.
A 1.4 mile stretch of Boston's Washington Street, from South End to Lower Roxbury, is being cited as one of 10 Great Streets for 2008 by the American Planning Association, a group dedicated, according to its website, to "advancing the art, science, and profession of good planning."
This stretch of Washington Street won the association's designation because "it exemplifies how planning and the unwavering commitment of Boston's leaders, community residents, and business owners can result in accessible, affordable, and sustainable places that blend the past with the present," the association said in a press release.
The association also designated Downtown Salem as one of its "10 Great Neighborhoods for 2008," and Waterplace Park in Providence was cited as one of the "10 Great Public Spaces for 2008."
Salem made the planning association's list because of its "historical character; redevelopment as a compact neighborhood with residential, retail, and commercial uses; and for helping boost Salem's local economy," the association said.
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)