Kingston’s 1982 designation as a New York Urban Cultural Park increased tourism, adding to the tax base. The gradual re-emergence of Kingston’s urban core as a viable place to live and do business increased property values along Wall Street, encouraging renovations. A $75,000 matching grant program, enacted last year, has led to the rehabilitation of six downtown buildings. New sidewalk bump-outs have improved pedestrian safety along Wall Street and made way for benches and landscaping.

The nine other APA 2012 Great Streets are: Duval Street, Key West, FL; Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO; Main Street, Bozeman, MT; Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY; Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY; Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, Shaker Heights and Beachwood, OH; Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA; Broad Street, Charleston, SC; and Gay Street, Knoxville, TN.

For more information about these public spaces, as well as APA’s top 10 Great Neighborhoods and top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 and previous years, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces. This year’s Great Places in America are being celebrated as part of APA’s National Community Planning Month during October; for more about the special month, visit www.planning.org/ncpm.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people’s lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. For more information, visit www.planning.org.