Neighborhood Sites Sought for Recognition

From parks to plazas, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects is seeking nominations for the best neighborhood sites in Orange County.

Residents may propose farmers markets, parks or streets, either new construction or historical places, whether publicly or privately owned.

“It’s just to make people aware of the wonderful spaces we do have here,” said Carolyn Newsom, executive director of AIA Orange County.

On April 4 at UC Irvine, Newsom said, awards will be given during a symposium on “neighborhood places in the public realm.” The symposium’s exact location has not yet been chosen.


Awards will be given for the spots most popular with the public and those chosen by a panel of civic activists.

Residents may make nominations to directors of city planning departments or directly to the AIA at 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

The deadline for submissions is March 14. Information: (714) 557-7796.