City and DIB to celebrate Great Street honor…by closing it next Thursday

October 18, 2013

Recently, the American Planning Association (APA) announced the designation of Palafox Street as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013. 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.

“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 Ashton Hayward said in press release.

To celebrate the achievement, the city will closed down Palafox Street next Thursday, Oct. 24 from 3-6 p.m. for a street party—-imagine Gallery Night without the booze and pretense that people are there to see art. Mayor Hayward will be on hand at 4:30 p.m. to honor key business leaders on Palafox Street who have invested in the revitalization of downtown Pensacola. (see Outtakes: A Long Time Coming)

“For hundreds of years, Palafox Street has been at the center of life in our city,” said Mayor 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.”

What: Palafox Celebration
When: 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
Mayor Presentation at Intendencia and Palafox 4:30 PM
Where: Palafox Street, Main Street to Garden Street closed for celebration

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  • dot October 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    DD, the current city staff and DIB really had little to do with the long term transformation that has taken place and is just now been recognized. those that were involved, including Mr. Kelley as you aptly point out, are gone. Don tragicly…and the rest were actually fired or forced out by the current (and former) administrations.

  • Dorothy Dubuisson October 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    All of Pensacola should be proud of the recognition achieved after years of groundwork and succeeding embellishment activities performed by hundreds!! Current city staff and the DIB are to be commended for rallying community spirit around this magnetic corridor! To some this moment is bittersweet as we recognize that the city staff who so diligently worked in the tough initial years of transition are no longer here to celebrate with us all. In particular Don Kelley, who initiated this recognition as his last gift to the city which he loved, will be missed, but not forgotten. Those of us who were privileged to know him and work with him in preservation efforts, recognize the mark of a true professional who facilitated the changes and stabilized the components important to the ultimate successful re-development of Palafox St.- with quiet reflection and service to citizens as his hallmark.