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Allentown gets global recognition for revitalization efforts

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The ongoing transformation of downtown Allentown is getting global recognition.

The Downtown Allentown Revitalization District is one of 25 finalists from around the world nominated for the Urban Land Institute's 2017 Global Awards For Excellence.

The awards recognize innovative, sustainable approaches to urban development.

The Downtown Allentown Revitalization District, commonly referred to as the NIZ or Neighborhood Improvement Zone, includes the PPL Center and a mix of developments in the surrounding blocks.

“Each of these finalists demonstrates a thoughtful, innovative approach to urban development that is adding to the sustainability and livability of the communities in which they are located,” said Wendy Rowden, Global Awards jury chairman and president.

“The attention paid to project detail, flexible design, and neighborhood context were among the factors making these entries stand out. They represent the type of development that will withstand the tests of time and change,” Rowden added.

For more information on the nomination click here.


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