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Montclair Township

Planners Recognize Church Street as a 2012 Great Place in New Jersey

Great Places in NJ logoChurch Street in Montclair has been named a Great Place in New Jersey by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ).

“APA-NJ chose to honor Church Street because it excels in all of the elements of a Great Street,” said APA-NJ President Charles Latini, Jr., AICP. “Pedestrians in Montclair Center are drawn to its wide sidewalks, comfortable benches, window-shopping opportunities, alfresco dining, and outdoor entertainment.”

“Part of Church Street’s charm is the rich diversity of architectural styles found in such a compact setting,” added Linda E. Wills, AICP, APA-NJ Great Places Committee Chair and one of this year’s Great Places in New Jersey judges. “Visitors following Its S-curve route enjoy the streetscape as it unfolds.”

“Church Street offers a regional destination for shopping, dining, working, living and just plain enjoying,” said Executive Director of the Montclair Center Corporation, Luther Flurry. “The hubbub of friends meeting and enjoying and the sounds of street entertainment create an excited buzz, but you can find a quiet spot to listen to birds or contemplate an architectural detail.”

"We are pleased to recognize eight special and unique places around New Jersey," said APA-NJ Chapter President Charles Latini, AICP. “From Church Street in Montclair and Broad Street in Hopewell Borough, to historic Downtown Frenchtown on the Delaware River and the relatively new Pier Village on the Long Branch beach front," Latini continued, "our 2012 Great Places reflect a tremendous amount of history, diversity and economic vitality. We hope that they inspire other communities to envision, plan and create their own great places.”

Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe and desirable, places where people want to live, work and visit every day. New Jersey’s great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community activity.

Great Places in New Jersey is just one of the ways that APA-NJ will celebrate Community Planning Month in October ( Community Planning Month is designed to recognize and celebrate the many residents, officials, and professionals who contribute to making great communities.

The 2012 Great Places in New Jersey designees, listed below, are not ranked. Additional details about each are available at

2012 Great Neighborhoods
Downtown Bordentown in Bordentown City, Burlington County
Downtown Frenchtown in Frenchtown Borough, Hunterdon County
Pier Village in Long Branch City, Monmouth County

2012 Great Streets
Broad Street in Hopewell Borough, Mercer County

Church Street in Montclair City, Essex County

2012 Great Public Spaces
Grove Street Plaza in Jersey City, Hudson County
Waverly & Lincoln Places in Madison Borough, Morris County
Historic Perth Amboy Waterfront in Perth Amboy City, Middlesex County

The American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter is a not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA-NJ and its parent organization, the American Planning Association (APA), 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. For more information, visit and