Montana

Oct 4, 2012 11:43 AM by MTN News

Group names Bozeman's Main Street one of top 10 in country

BOZEMAN - A not-for-profit group has named Bozeman's Main Street one of the best streets in the country.

The American Planning Association (APA) has designated Main Street as one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 under the organization's Great Places in America program.

According to a news release, APA singled out Main Street for its "frontier-town charm, concentration of late 19- and early 20th-century buildings, adaptive reuse of historic structures, and diversity of uses."

"Historic Main Street is Bozeman's gem - certainly one of the State of Montana's last best places. Main Street has been a leader in preservation planning practices since the mid-1980s, a streetscape comprised of preserved historic landmarks and leading examples of innovative infill and redevelopment," Mayor Sean Becker said.

"Once home to tents and cabins, Main Street today features outstanding examples of commercial Queen Anne, Italianate, Romanesque, Neo-gothic Revival and Art Deco architecture, punctuated by the occasional touch of kitsch - such as the revolving yellow horse, now a Bozeman landmark, atop the marquee of the 1883 Gallatin Masonic Lodge No. 6 (137 East Main). The Bridger Mountain Range forms a picturesque backdrop, enhancing Main Street's beauty," according to APA's website.

The nine other APA 2012 Great Streets are: Duval Street, Key West, FL; Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO; Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY; Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY; Wall Street, Kingston, NY; Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, Shaker Heights and Beachwood, OH; Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA; Broad Street, Charleston, SC; and Gay Street, Knoxville, TN.

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