Broadway Street in Skagway, Alaska, was recently recognized as one of "America’s Best Places" by the American Planning Association (APA). Broadway Street runs down the middle of the Skagway National Historic District, consisting of 12 square city blocks.
Skagway National Historic District, a unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, includes 21 historic buildings restored, rehabilitated or in the process of restoration by the NPS. Each year, the APA announces its top 30 places. According to the APA website, the Great Places in America program highlights “places with exemplary character, quality and planning.”
The annual selections are said to “represent the gold standard in terms of the true sense of place, cultural and historical interest and community involvement and vision for tomorrow.” How appropriate for a park celebrating the gold rush to receive this golden designation.