LANCASTER – The BLVD is among the top 10 prettiest, coolest most charming Main Streets in the United States. So says Malerie Yolen-Cohen, magazine and newspaper feature travel writer.
Yolen-Cohen, whose credits include National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, and Ladies Home Journal, spent six weeks this summer traveling the country on US Route 6, passing through hundreds of communities large and small.
“Shuttling from one Main Street to the next, I noticed that despite the Great Recession, some communities were pulling together to revitalize former flagging downtowns – turning them into places where locals, and even tourists would want to flock,” Yolen-Cohen writes.
The traveling reporter then came up with a list of the Best Ten Main Streets on US Route 6 – and Revitalized Main Street, Lancaster, CA made the list at number 10.
Of The BLVD Yolen-Cohen writes:
“Feathery foliage, parking nooks, cool restaurants, playground, shops and (soon-to-be-opened) art/history museum has rendered Lancaster’s newly renovated Main St. a pedestrian-friendly hangout. If you haven’t been to this LA commuter town in awhile, you’ll be shocked for sure. Formerly down-at-heals, Lancaster is transforming its “broken-windows” reputation into a desirable destination. Reinvention Factor: Lofty.”
Lancaster City Manager Mark Bozigian brought the accolade to the public’s attention at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.
“I’m happy to see that, and we’re in good company with some other cities there,” Bozigian said.
In a statement, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris also spoke on the recognition.
“We’re all very proud to see The BLVD included amongst the top 10 of the prettiest, coolest, most charming main streets on US Route 6,” said Parris. “The BLVD has surpassed my wildest dreams in less than a year, and you know what, you haven’t seen anything yet. Early next year, we’ll open our new Museum and Art Gallery, which is going to immediately begin attracting even more people to our great city.”
Other Main Streets included on the list were:
- Commercial Street – Provincetown, MA
- Main Street – Newtown, CT
- Main Street – Wellsboro, PA
- Canals of Vermilion, OH
- Pedestrian Mall, Iowa City, IA
- Downtown Ashland, NE
- Main Street – Golden, CO
- Main Street – Grand Junction, CO
- Downtown – Bishop, CA
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