Great Places in America: People's Choice

And the 2016 People's Choice Designee Is ...

Nassau Street: Princeton, New Jersey

This year's competition was fierce. More than 10,000 votes were cast over 10 days for our five finalists. Thanks to a impressive show of support from residents and community leaders, we're proud to name Nassau Street in Princeton, New Jersey, as our 2016 People's Choice Designee. 

Thank you to all of our finalists for their commitment to community planning!

Nassau Street is Princeton's place to be! Princeton University shares Nassau Street as the point where town and gown meet and mingle at the many restaurants, shops and public spaces. Nassau Street seamlessly blends old with new architecture and provides shopping from mom and pop stores to internationally known retailers. The heart of Princeton is Nassau Street and is where you can go to shop, dine, or just people watch.

2016 People's Choice Finalists

Sims Park, New Port Richey, Florida

Sims Park, in the heart of the City of New Port Richey, Florida, is enjoying a renewed popularity, having been recently refurbished by the city. The park provides beautiful views of the Pithlachascotee River, opportunities to gather and socialize, a link to the city’s historical past and amenities featuring contemporary design features. Visitors enjoy the riverfront promenade, boat ramp, kayak launches, playgrounds, children’s splash pad, fitness equipment, amphitheater, and picnic shelters. The park is the center of community activity, with special events throughout the year, including festivals, family movie nights, holiday fireworks displays, concerts and races. The park invites residents to the City’s Downtown to appreciate the beauty of the natural environment and to explore the historical center.

The Millwork District, Dubuque, Iowa

Once a regional economic center, Dubuque, Iowa’s Millwork District sat vacant for decades. Today, thanks to strong community partnerships, public engagement, and an overarching citywide commitment to sustainability, Dubuque is successfully redeveloping the Millwork District into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. The arts community has been a catalyst for redevelopment, with a rehabilitated warehouse hosting art exhibits, live performances, and other cultural events. The variety of affordable and market-rate apartments, retail, office, and commercial businesses, art galleries and studios, civic spaces, and an intermodal transportation center has brought culture and vibrancy back to the area. Original elements of the historic brick buildings showcase the district’s character while innovative green infrastructure and energy-efficiency technologies improve environmental quality and public health for the neighborhood’s residents and Dubuque as a whole.

The Whiteaker Neighborhood, Eugene, Oregon

One of Eugene's greatest qualities is our authenticity; nowhere is that more apparent than the Whiteaker. An epicenter of free expression, social and environmental activism, and some would say anarchy, this is where we let our hair down. In part due to the wide open zoning regulations put in place in 1996, the neighborhood has become an eclectic mix of a gritty enclave featuring burlesque, fire dancers, and a lot of flannel, and a cluster of eateries with local fermentation of all sorts. It's an expression of our modern impulses crashing into our hippie heritage, where culture ferments alongside the beer. It's not everyone's cup of tea and recent, mainstream pressures aren't easy for the residents, but — for now — it's still authentic Eugene.

Pearl District, San Antonio, Texas

Spanning 16 city blocks and situated on the northern "Museum Reach" of the San Antonio Riverwalk, the Pearl District was once the home of the Pearl Brewery, founded in 1883. Today the district is home to a thriving mixed-use district with an eclectic conglomeration of culinary, arts, entertainment, and retail establishments as well as over 300 apartments and a boutique hotel. The pedestrian-oriented redevelopment project is landscaped with drought-tolerant native xeriscaping and features numerous public spaces including the Riverside Park and amphitheater. This sustainable, vibrant destination maintains the sense of identity of the historic brewery while radically repurposing key parts of the complex and serves as a model for revitalization of San Antonio's urban core.

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