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Front Street one of 10 'Great Streets'

The Maui News
October 7, 2011

LAHAINA - Front Street has been designated as one of 10 "Great Streets for 2011" by the American Planning Association under its "Great Places in America Program."

The program features places that "exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value."

Front Street was singled out for its history, amenities, revitalization efforts and continuous use by multiple generations for a variety of purposes.

"It's postcard-picture views and mild climate attract tourists and residents to Front Street virtually round the clock," the association said.

The association also applauded the planning success of Front Street through years of effective partnerships between nonprofit organizations, government leaders and community members.

"Natural beauty, history and community pride have coalesced to create a place that is special - in different ways - to each individual who traverses Front Street's wide and unique sidewalks," said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer.

"Nearly five decades of preservation and revitalization efforts have uncovered and saved more than 1,300 years of culture and heritage," Farmer said. "From its start as the home of Native Hawaiian royalty to its days as a whaling outpost and missionary stronghold, and later a plantation town, to its current status as a tourist attraction, Front Street has embraced its history while accommodating more contemporary uses."

Front Street is the first location in Hawaii to be honored under the association's "Great Places" program, which started in 2007.

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