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Palafox St. to be shut down for party celebrating its "great"-ness Thursday

Recently, the American Planning Association (APA) announced the designation of Palafox Street as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013. Each year during National Community Planning Month, APA's Great Places in America program names 10 exemplary streets to highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.

APA singled out Palafox for its European influences, eclectic mix of Spanish Colonial and Chicago School architecture, expansive medians and sidewalks, and the planning that has helped turn the street into an attractive and successful gateway to downtown Pensacola.

"For hundreds of years, Palafox Street has been at the center of life in our city," said Mayor Ashton Hayward. "Over the past three decades, our community has reinvested in Palafox Street and, as a result, Palafox has once again become the anchor to a thriving, vibrant downtown and a city in renaissance. I believe that a great downtown is the heart of any great city. Palafox Street is a big part of why Pensacola is such a great place in which to live, work, and play, and we are excited to see it recognized as a Great Street," Mayor Hayward said.

"Historic architecture, spacious plazas, an attractive median, and wide sidewalks make Palafox Street a wonderful artery for pedestrians and motorists alike," said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP. "Planners also helped improve business activity along the street and enhanced Palafox as a successful entrance to downtown by converting the street back to a two-way thoroughfare," he added.

Palafox now joins other great streets selected by the APA such as Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, FL, 125th Street in New York, NY, and Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA.
The City of Pensacola and the Downtown Improvement Board invite all members of the community to formally dedicate Palafox Street as a Great Place in America. Join us Thursday, October 24th from 3:00 - 6:00 pm as we celebrate and recognize key business leaders on Palafox Street who have invested in the revitalization of downtown Pensacola. These businesses have served the thousands of citizens in our great city who have helped land Palafox Street on the national map and have helped grow and move Pensacola upward.

What:                   Palafox Celebration       
When:                  Thursday, October 24, 2013
                            Street Celebration 3:00 - 6:00 PM
                            Mayor Presentation at Intendencia and Palafox 4:30 PM

Where:                 Palafox Street
                            Main Street to Garden Street closed for celebration