Two Charlotte communities and another in Gaston County are among the six finalists in the Great Neighborhoods for Kids competition sponsored by the North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association.
And Concord has a finalist in the Great Main Streets category.
Between now and March 15, North Carolina residents can cast a vote in the competition, which annually honors streets and neighborhoods. The nominations come from members of the American Planning Association, an organization of professional and citizen planners whose mission statement says is dedicated to preserving and creating great communities throughout North Carolina.
Finalists in the public voting for Great Neighborhoods for Kids are:
-- First Ward
-- Plaza Midwood
-- downtown Belmont
-- Lake Tomahawk area of Black Mountain
-- Riverwood community in Clayton
-- downtown Jacksonville
Finalists in the Great Main Streets category are:
-- Union Street, Concord
-- Front Street, Beaufort
-- Cherry Street, Black Mountain
-- Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
-- Main Street, Hendersonville
-- Market Street, Wilmington
Charlottes Tryon Street won the Great Main Streets award in 2012.
In addition to the public voting, a panel of planners and other public and private leaders will select winners for Great Main Streets and Great Place in the Making.
Through this program, we celebrate the great places that make North Carolina special, said Kate Pearce, a planner with LandDesign and co-chair of the competition.
You can vote online at this website.
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