April 2, 2013. The Town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina was recognized on March 27, 2013 by the North Carolina Great Places Initiative as one of North Carolina’s great Main Streets. The recognition was made public at the NC Legislature’s Town Hall Day in Raleigh, NC. The panel of judges giving the recognition to Blowing Rock noted that Blowing Rock’s Main Street is the heart of this picturesque town. The judges noted the activity generated by the unique shops, independent restaurants, and galleries. Also noted was the lovingly-maintained Memorial Park in downtown Blowing Rock. While Blowing Rock is a tourist destination, locals feel a sense of community, thanks to the attractive Main Street. A ceremony will be held later in Blowing Rock to officially present the Great Places Award.
About the North Carolina Great Places Initiative
The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA-NC) North Carolina Great Places Initiative annually recognizes vibrant town centers that help build a community. Through this program, the APA-NC recognizes great places in our state and the partnerships that have made them possible. The awards signify the highest standards of achievement. They highlight communities in North Carolina that are worthy of attention.
From dozens of nominations, an expert panel composed of magazine editors, town planners, professors, and architects from across the state, chose Main Streets in Blowing Rock, Davidson, Fayetteville, and Raleigh as Great Places. Clayton’s Riverwood was selected a Great Place for Kids and Elkin was selected as a Great Place in the Making. The People’s Choice Award was earned by Concord based on 2,000 votes received from across the State.
The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planners Association is an organization of 1,500 professional and citizen planners dedicated to preserving and creating great communities throughout North Carolina. For more information, visit www.nc-apa.org.