City celebrates Downtown Georgetown as one of five Great Neighborhoods in U.S.

The City will celebrate the recent naming of Historic Downtown Georgetown as a Great Neighborhood by the American Planning Associations with an ice cream social on the Williamson County Courthouse lawn, 710 S. Main St., on Oct. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event will feature ice cream from All Things Kids and will include a proclamation from Mayor Dale Ross.

“It is exciting to learn that Georgetown’s historic downtown district, centered around the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, has been named one of the Great Places in America,” Ross said. “Our downtown, with art galleries, museums, our public library, and street festivals, is also a state-recognized cultural district. This wonderful recognition for the heart of our community is a tribute to our citizens who have cared for the historic buildings as well as the people who live and work and visit here.”

According to the APA, the Great Places in America Program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the U.S. demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

The Great Neighborhoods of 2018 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices.

“Great Places take decades to create, maintain and evolve into the spaces we have the privilege of enjoying today,” Georgetown Planning Director Sofia Nelson said. “It is through the leadership and work that happens every day by citizens, property owners, elected and appointed officials, city staff and the community at large that we have the Historic Downtown Georgetown we have today.”

Historic Downtown Georgetown was one of five neighborhoods to make the APA’s Great Places in America list. Other Great Neighborhoods include:

  • Canalway Cultural District – Lowell, Massachusetts
  • The Village of Shelburne Falls – Shelburne & Buckland, Massachusetts
  • Guthrie Historic District – Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • Ghent – Norfolk, Virginia

For more information about the award, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces/neighborhoods/2018/georgetown.

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