Racine, Wisconsin USA – 2016 International Finalist
Racine, Wisconsin in the past decade has transformed a declining downtown into a vibrant economic and social node. The harbor has morphed from a commercial center into recreational hub. Many new businesses have located downtown and throughout the county. The marina and beaches are a focal point for many Lake Michigan recreational events, and sought after regionally and nationally. Throughout the County there is a diversity of food and other commercial offerings. In addition to the commercial offerings Racine offers multiple cultural and heritage based amenities, hundreds of parks, and multipurpose natural areas. Sustainable and environmentally policies are abounding as Racine is in the forefront of energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.
Racine is filled with a rich and varied heritage. Native American, French, Danish, Armenian and many other cultures have all contributed the fabric of the community. The natural surroundings from prairie to vast Lake Michigan shaped the culture of Racine. All of the natural elements combined with the human cultural traditions give Racine a real sense of place and authenticity. The historic built environment is respected, renovated, restored and repurposed with skill and care.
Residential areas are well maintained, tastefully landscaped and offers welcoming neighborhoods that span the past century. Affluent communities and humble enclaves seamlessly blend and affirm that this is a real place, this is Racine.