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Hopkins Artery designated one of America's 'Great Streets'

The downtown space got the nod from a national organization.

Hopkins city planners are getting some serious recognition for more than a decade of work revitalizing their downtown area.

On Friday, the American Planning Association (APA) named the Hopkins Artery — a bike- and pedestrian-friendly stretch of 8th Avenue — one of America's "Great Streets" of 2019. 

For the last 12 years, APA has recognized streets and public spaces with "exceptional character, quality and planning," which they say enriches communities and inspires others around the country. 

The Artery is one of just three community spaces in the country to receive the honor from APA this year. The organization also tapped a number of other cities under their "Great Public Spaces" and "Great Neighborhoods" categories. 

Hopkins was the only Minnesota city that made the 2019 list. You can check out all the honorees right here. 

The brainchild of the Hopkins Planning and Economic Development department, the Artery was intended to "attract visitors to the downtown business district, provide access to the LRT station and fill a missing gap between two regional trails," its website says. 

The city also describes it as providing "community spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy, and various art installations from both local and national artists."

Some 10 years in the making, it was officially unveiled in 2018. If you haven't been, the video below goes into detail about everything the Artery has to offer: 

Unfortunately, a celebration of the award, which was due to be held at LTD Brewing Co at 5 p.m. on Saturday, has been cancelled due to weather, the Sun Sailor reports. 

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