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Lincoln Square Named A 'Great Place' In America: Well, Duh

By Patty Wetli | October 4, 2017 9:46am
 The stretch of Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Montrose, as well as Giddings Plaza, was recognized by the association as one of the country's 15 Great Places.
The stretch of Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Montrose, as well as Giddings Plaza, was recognized by the association as one of the country's 15 Great Places.
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Leigh Loftus

LINCOLN SQUARE — The American Planning Association has announced what neighborhood residents already knew: Lincoln Square is a "Great Place in America."

The stretch of Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Montrose, as well as Giddings Plaza, was recognized by the association as one of the country's 15 Great Places, an annual honor that celebrates unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces.

Great Places are defined by characteristics including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community involvement, according to a statement from the association.

Changes made to Lincoln Avenue in the 1970s and the addition of Giddings Plaza in the 1990s "have paid dividends in the decades since as the avenue has kept its vibrancy and unique character amid regional economic shifts precisely because of its bustling pedestrian activity," the association said.