DC Region Scores In Nation's Great Streets

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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- The American Planning Association has just released their list of top great streets in America. The greater DC region has a lot to be proud of this year.

In no particular order King Street is one of them.

King Street in Old Town Alexandria has that neighborhood feel that keeps Ruth Roberts coming back.

"Whoo--hoo! I think it's the mix of people, biking, walking, great restaurants."

The restaurants, boutiques and night life make this a favorite in the country...blending history, vibrancy and 21st century allure.

Val Hawkins is the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership CEO and says, "It's a wonderful street that's been here since 1749. We are so thrilled to celebrate."

King Street is one of three streets in the DC region to grab the top 10 spots, second is historic Davis Street in Culpeper, VA. and the third is U. Street with the icononic food landmark Ben's Chili Bowl!

It's closed this week because of plumbing problems but there's always something to do here.

U Street has seen a rennaisance revival highlighting its entertainment history.

Assata Tafari is a life long DC resident.  "It's changed a lot through the years for the better."

Horace Lassiter is also a DC resident and says, "I like the restaurants, bistros and the night life. It all adds up."

40 million dollars and 25-thousand volunteer hours put Davis Street in Culpeper back on the map.
The historic train depot is a focal point

A handful of historic buildings sustained minor damage on Davis Street last month's earthquake.

The recognition raises the bar of how people choose to live and work, using criteria such as architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.
3 out of 10 spots not bad Virginia and DC.

For a full list of great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces head to http://www.planning.org/greatplaces/

Old Town is celebrating Tuesday night at 5pm when the mayor will receive the award.

Written by Surae Chinn

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