The Broad Street Regeneration Initiative received the 2017 award for outstanding neighborhood planning from the Rhode Island chapter of the American Planning Association. The award was presented in a ceremony at Breaktime Bowl & Bar in Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket on January 11, 2018.
According to the website for the American Planning Association, the APA “provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.” The Rhode Island Chapter of the APA, known as APA RI, is one of 47 chapters and 20 divisions of the American Planning Association. According to the APA RI website, APA RI is:
“… a non-profit public interest and research organization dedicated to urban, suburban, regional and rural planning. With over 150 members, APA RI is made up of planners at all government levels, private consultants, local planning board members, landscape architects, environmental scientists, lawyers, engineers, professors, students and other professionals dedicated to sound planning principles.”
The other awardees recognized at the event included:
- University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center and Narragansett Bay Natiuonal Estuarine Research Reserve, in the Current Topic/Raising Awareness category for the PREP-RI Coastal Resiliency Online Training Program
- The Town of New Shoreham in the Outstanding Compehensive Plan category for the New Shaoreham Comprehensive Plan
- The Westerly Education Center for Outstanding Plan Implementation
- The Providence Foundation and the City of Providence Department of Planning & Development in the Outstanding Public Space Project Category for the Downtown Providence Wayfinding Signage Project.
- The University of Rhode Island Landscape Architecture Senior Studio in the Student Award Category for A Vision for the Saugatucket
In addition, Thomas J. Kravitz received the Daniel W. Varin Memorial Leadership Award for his years of dedicated creative planning in Rhode Island and his tireless efforts to bring plans into reality and Kevin M. Flynn received the Presidents Award for his decades of service, leadership, teaching and mentorship to the Rhode Island Planning community.