Bedford is a wonderful place. We have old and lovely homes, amazing green spaces and a one of a kind gathering place in the Bedford Commons. Often, these beautiful aspects of Bedford are unknown or ignored by people outside of the city. So that is why it is with immense pleasure that I am able to report that Bedford was recently recognized by Architectural Digest magazine as one of ‘The 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America.’ As a matter of fact, our little Downtown came in #8 out of all the thousands of big and small downtown areas across the whole United States. That is simply amazing.
According to Architectural Digest, “Nothing says Americana like a paved road flanked by old brick buildings and hand-lettered signs,” and we certainly have that here in Bedford. Broadway Avenue is lined with well preserved and stately old store fronts that flow gracefully into the Bedford Commons, which is surrounded by stunning and architecturally unique buildings.
Laura Hulett, Bedford resident and owner of The Broadway Cyclery in Downtown Bedford said, “Bedford is an often overlooked gem in North East Ohio. We have a vibrant downtown with great businesses and opportunities for more to join this amazing community. It offers a small-town charm that cannot be denied. There are exciting events on the Commons almost every week that bring together our diverse community. “
Our Downtown is not only beautiful; it is rich in history. The buildings on Broadway can say that they have seen an epic bank robbery and the subsequent shootout that was a result of the coming together of Bedford store owners to stop that robbery. Those buildings have witnessed Bedford residents protesting violently against slavery and saw those same residents listening quietly as Abraham Lincoln spoke to them during a stop on the way to take his place as president of the United States. They have watched trains come and go daily while horse and carriages faded away to be replaced by automobiles.
As residents, it can be easy for us to forget the treasures that we have here in our city. There is no doubt that Bedford has run into some challenging times as of late, but this award shows what potential the city has. With a little bit of guidance and perseverance, Bedford will be able to capitalize on this asset and many, many others.
To read the original article from Architectural Digest, please visit: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautiful-main-streets-america