South 24th Street named one of APA’s 2016 Great Places in America

Did you know? October is National Community Planning Month! And we can’t think of a better way to kick it off than sharing with much excitement that RDG’s South 24th Street project in Omaha has been named one of the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2016 Great Places in America! These 15 locations are recognized as setting the gold standard in planning and community impact across America, honoring outstanding people, planning work, and places. Categories are narrowed by Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces, each with their own set of defined characteristics and guidelines for being great. The APA also takes into consideration geography, population, demographics, and setting (rural, suburban, or urban).

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The South 24th Street project, recognized as a ‘Great Street’, included comprehensive design, fabrication, and art installation on a five-block stretch of the South Omaha neighborhood. Elements of the project included road reconfiguration, a mosaic installation, and installation of unique light posts dotting the landscape of one of Omaha’s liveliest neighborhoods. (Read more here about what makes ‘Great Streets’ great!)

Roadway, parking, and pedestrian-friendly improvements in the area have resulted in a 40 percent increase in parking; a friendlier and safer environment for pedestrians, and calmer and more efficient flow of traffic. Unique artwork, including a sidewalk mosaic and metal Tree of Life sculpture, capture the essence of Czech, Polish, Croat, and Mexican heritages – the cultures that built South Omaha.

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Learn much more about the project on the APA website, including a brief history of the South 24th Street area and neighborhood events, details about community engagement and involvement, as well as additional links for more information on the neighborhood.

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