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