Red Bank is vying for the honor in the central region, pitted against Asbury Park and Somerville.
From the announcement:
A panel of planning professionals selected the finalists from downtowns nominated by the public throughout the month of July. In reviewing the nominations, the panel considered how well each downtown excels in the characteristics of a great downtown, including how well it functions as the centerpiece in the everyday life of the community; its reputation for excellence beyond the community’s boundaries; its vitality during the day, in the evening and on weekends; accessible parking and transportation alternatives; and support from the community to attract, retain and grow businesses.
“These communities really embody what good planning is about, and it’s clear from the nearly 5,000 votes we’ve received so far that residents from all throughout the state have a strong opinion,” said APA-NJ President Charles Latini, Jr., AICP. “Congratulations to each finalist on this achievement.”
Voting is conducted online here and runs through September 26. APA-NJ says it will announce the winners early in October and present plaques to the three winning downtowns at local award ceremonies. It will also add them to a map of Great Places in New Jersey.