Redmond’s Cleveland Street honored by the APA

Great Places program recognizes importance of complete streets

Redmond’s Cleveland Street has been named a 2019 Great Street by the American Planning Association as part of its Great Places in America Program.

The program honors streets, neighborhoods and public spaces nationwide that exhibit exceptional character, quality and planning.

The planning for Cleveland Street was borne out of a desire by residents to have a people-oriented vibrant downtown. The community wanted a main street with improved mobility, safety and character.

“As part of Redmond’s 20-year vision, the Cleveland Street project was a catalyst for creating a vibrant 18-hour urban environment in Downtown Redmond,” stated Redmond Mayor John Marchione. “This project helped further facilitate private investment in Downtown; creates progressive accommodations for the City’s share of regional growth; encourages biking, walking and soon light rail in 2024; and the curbless festival street design supports opportunities for events, arts and culture.”

The new Cleveland Street reopened in 2018 as a pedestrian friendly two-way street that can anchor a growing town center.

“The streets recognized this year demonstrate the importance of planning in creating vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, APA president. “Cleveland Street is a national example of how planning for a people-oriented, multi-modal environment can revitalize a community.”

Congratulations, Redmond!