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Posted on: September 25, 2018

A Very Great Place

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We are very proud to announce that the Old Towne Orange Plaza has now joined Central Park in New York, Olvera Street in Los Angeles, and the Magnificent Mile in Chicago as one of the officially designated “Great Places in America.”

On September 25, at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., the American Planning Association (APA) officially declared the Old Towne Orange Plaza one of the “Great Places in America.”   The “Great Places in America” program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning, and that “...enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country. “ 

In their announcement, the APA said, “The Old Towne Orange Plaza, at the heart of one of the oldest and most intact Historic Districts in the State of California, epitomizes why Orange is so often described as a mid-sized city that feels like a small town.”

The Old Towne Orange Plaza has been the “heart” of Orange since our founders, Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell, first laid it out in 1871.  Today, nearly 150 years later, it is still delighting our residents and visitors.  It’s where our collective passion for historic preservation was born.  The Plaza was our City’s first civic and commercial area, and where we still gather to celebrate so many of our beloved community events, like the Rotary Car Show, the Orange International Street Fair, the Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession.

The Old Towne Orange Plaza is the original example of why Orange is, and always has been, a great place to live, work, and shop.

To find out more about the American Planning Association and their recognition of Orange as part of their “Great Places in America” program, visit

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