The City of Newton Planning Department was recently honored with an innovation award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Planning Department is the recipient of the 2017 North Carolina Marvin Collins Planning Award in the Special Theme/Innovations category. The award recognizes an outstanding innovation in technology, techniques, or processes implemented. Newton received the award for the installation of a streetscape demonstration in October 2016. The streetscape demonstration was conducted on College Avenue between 1st Street and A Street. Installation was made possible through the help and creativity of Discovery High School students. The demonstration included a temporary widening of sidewalks, modified parking and traffic flow, and landscaping. Visitors had the chance to walk through the demonstration and experience how enhanced sidewalks and other amenities of the Newton Streetscape Project will make downtown Newton more enjoyable for residents, visitors, and businesses.