What Makes a Great Place?
Great Places in New Jersey represent the gold standard of exemplary character, quality and planning. These places have a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow.
New Jersey’s great downtowns, public spaces, streets, and neighborhoods are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community activity.
A downtown is the historic business district of the community. It generally provides a variety of uses, which may include, but are not necessarily limited to, retail stores, offices, government buildings, theaters, housing developed through the reuse of old buildings, parking facilities, public spaces and other features that draw residents and visitors.
A public space may be a gathering spot or part of a neighborhood, downtown, special district, waterfront or other area within the public realm that helps promote social interaction and a sense of community.
A street comprises the entire three-dimensional visual corridor, including how it relates to the adjacent development. Submissions should document the street’s character, form and function.