Architectural Digest honors Nevada City as one of the “30 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America”

(Credit: Kial James)

We are subscribers, and were pleased to see that Architectural Digest honored Nevada City as one of the “30 most beautiful Main Streets across America,” a high honor.

“Nevada City, California
During the California Gold Rush, dozens of towns cropped up across the state, one of them being Nevada City. At its peak more than 10,000 residents crammed into the community, though today that population has dwindled to a more comfortable 2,800. Nevada City has largely retained the look of its earliest days, preserving many old structures along and around Broad Street, the historic main route that today is filled with dining options.”

The introduction reads:

“Between the major cities on the coasts of the United States are hundreds of small towns where a good portion of the American population lives today. Established over the last two centuries as the country expanded west, the majority of these municipalities have one thing in common: a charming main street. Lined with shops, restaurants, and other small businesses, these broad boulevards— often with their vintage flair intact—are a quintessential hub of any small community. Sure, European towns might have main streets with fairytale-esque cobblestones and half-timbered façades, but nothing says Americana like a paved road flanked by old brick buildings and hand-lettered signs. Here, a look at 30 of the most beautiful main streets across the country.”

The other cities mentioned, ranging from Northampton, Mass., to Telluride, Colo., are HERE.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

6 thoughts on “Architectural Digest honors Nevada City as one of the “30 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America””

  1. This made me laugh out loud, so I had to post it somewhere:
    “Barry Pruett says:
    February 16, 2019 at 11:32 am
    I have said it a hundred times. Nevada City has changed. In the 90s Nevada City was the best of Nevada County. Now it is a distant third. Even Penn Valley is catching up with twelve 28 near Wildwood. It is sad, because it could be such a cute town but they have invited this crime with policies and trying to help without thinking of the consequences of their actions.” (Source: George Boardman’s blog)

    Of course Barry. And the cow jumped over the moon. Have a nice day. ROFLOL.

    1. And now this: “Barry Pruett February 17, 2019 at 8:15 AM
      Pelline gonna get a south side lesson one of these days. Lol” (Source: Todd’s blog).

      1. This day-to-day preoccupation is not healthy:
        “Barry PruettFebruary 18, 2019 at 9:41 AM
        https://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/roommate-dispute-leads-to-shooting-in-nevada-city/ And the hits keep coming. Nevada city is way worse than in the 90s. Didn’t Pelline get here in the 90s. Coincidence that Pellline arrived and Nevada City started its downturn? I think not. Lol” (source: Todd’s blog)

        For the record, these aggregate crime statistics are accurate, but judging from the comment “coincidence that Pelline arrived and Nevada City started its downturn? I think not,” Pruett is not interested in the facts. And he gets them wrong anyway: We moved here in 2006, not “the ’90s.”
        https://www.theunion.com/news/law-enforcement-crime-in-nevada-county-remains-consistent/
        Small towns are a hoot!
        Meanwhile … https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2017/01/04/sunset-magazine-ranks-nevada-city-1-in-its-2017-best-value-towns-list/
        Go Barry go! Go Barry go!

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