Charleston’s Broad Street — one of the oldest paths in the city — has been named a Top 10 Great Street for 2012 by the American Planning Association.
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Broad joins Duval Street in Key West, Fla.; Fifth Avenue in New York; Shaker Boulevard in Cleveland; and Grant Street in Pittsburgh, among others, on this year’s Top 10 list.
APA singled out the 12 blocks of Broad Street for its charm, architectural heritage and diversity of uses, plus its walkability.
They also noted the route has survived a British invasion, Civil War, a killer earthquake, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes.
Jeff Soule, director of outreach at APA, said much of the outward charm of Broad Street is that it has kept its identity under the pressure of growth over the decades partly because of the city’s early historic zoning ordinance protection and the 1931 creation of the Board of Architectural Review.
Today the route is a mix of law offices, galleries, eateries, offices, churches, homes, inns and historic sites.