Capturing the neighborhood’s spirit, Charlotte’s North Davidson Street won the hearts of residents and landed in the finals for the “People’s Choice” campaign launched last month by the N.C. chapter of the American Planning Association.
After a panel of nine expert judges reviewed nominations that had been submitted, the street – the spine of Charlotte’s arts district – was one of five finalists in the “Great Main Streets” category.
The campaign aims to find main streets and public places that help define the communities they are in, said Emily Beddingfield, chairwoman of the 2014 APA-NC Great Places Initiative.
“They celebrate the place and the story behind it and the people that came together to create it,” she said.
With a variety of restaurants and residential areas, North Davidson Street provides a different vibe than downtown, said Kate Pearce, communications chair for APA-NC.
“So much of Charlotte’s character is contained in its neighborhoods,” she said.
In the separate “Great Public Places” category, Little Sugar Creek Greenway is one of seven finalists.
Great public places are defined by their ability to draw both residents and visitors to enjoy a variety of social interaction, Pearce said.
“(The greenway) is a lively centerpiece of Charlotte’s footprint,” she said.
All residents are invited to vote online through May 9 for their favorite finalists in both categories.
The “Great Main Streets” and “Great Public Places” People’s Choice winners will be featured on the Great Places website and social media and will be recognized at the APA-NC state conference Oct. 1-3 in Durham.
Winners will be announced the week of May 12. An award will be presented to town officials of the winning areas.