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Palafox One of ‘Ten Best Streets in America’

From today’s Pensacola News Journal, the best parade street I have ever seen is recognized nationally for parades, restaurants and community spirit.

Palafox named one of Ten Best Streets in America


Written by
Julio Diaz
and Kevin Robinson

Need more proof that Palafox Place has become a thriving thoroughfare? Here it is: Palafox Place is one of 10 “Great Streets in America for 2013,” according to the American Planning Association.

The independent, not-for-profit educational organization — affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Planners — named Palafox Place alongside streets in Philadelphia; Galveston, Texas; Honolulu; and Corning, N.Y., on its 2013 list.

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

The organization recognized the eight-block stretch from Wright Street to Main Street. Locals will note that Palafox Place addresses run from 1 to 400 south of Garden Street, so this honor additionally includes parts of North and South Palafox Street (from Wright Street to Garden Street and from Government Street to Main Street).

The selection cites the historic architecture and character of the street, as well as popular events such as Mardi Gras parades and the annual Pelican Drop on New Year’s Eve; management of public events and street closures by the Downtown Improvement Board; private investment, including the Al Fresco food trailer court; and a variety of planning and preservation achievements.

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

Or better yet – come for Mardi Gras! See for yourself 🙂

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October 5, 2013 - Posted by | Civility, Community, Cultural, Customer Service, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Mardi Gras, Pensacola, Statistics | ,


  1. This brought back happy memories of the parade that happened while I was there….SO much fun 🙂

    Comment by grammy | October 5, 2013 | Reply

    • Like that was one of the best times EVER 🙂 Come back! Bring your tall husband for Saturday, March 1st!

      Comment by intlxpatr | October 5, 2013 | Reply

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