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Findlay Market Makes List Of 15 Great Places In America

Produce at a stand in Findlay Market.
Holly Yurchison
Produce at a stand in Findlay Market.

Cincinnati's Findlay Market is one of the American Planning Association's (APA) 15 Great Places in America for 2016. The organization annually puts out a list of its 15 great neighborhoods, streets and public spaces at the start of National Community Planning Month.Great Public Spaces are selected for representing "the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for the future," according to a statement from the APA.

Findlay Market is being recognized for being Ohio's oldest and Cincinnati's last remaining municipal market, "but also a public gathering space that encourages community interaction across socio-economic boundaries."

APA further cites the Market for encouraging revitalization and reinvestment in Over-the Rhine, its pedestrian-friendly accessibility (curb cuts, graded ramps, access to various modes of transportation), variety of businesses and gathering spaces, and community events.

Findlay Market Board President Molly North says the Market is honored by the designation. "Customers come to Findlay for more than a grocery trip - they come for the experience."

Fifth Street in Dayton's historic Oregon District was named to the 2015 list of Great Streets.

Other 2016 winners in the 'Great Public Space' category include:

Fairbanks, Alaska

Golden Heart Plaza

Valparaiso, Indiana

Central Park Plaza

Cincinnati, Ohio

Findlay Market

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Guthrie Green

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fairmount Park

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Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.