Great Places in America

Thank You for Your 2017 Suggestions!

Thank you to all of the planners and citizen advocates who suggested their favorite neighborhood, street, or public space for a 2017 Great Place in America designation.

This year's designees will be announced during National Community Planning Month in October.

Explore the 2016 Great Places Designees

Last year, APA honored 15 places — in communities large and small — that celebrated stories of exemplary planning that have resulted in stronger, healthier, and more just communities.

Get to know the places, people, and planning stories behind each designee:

2016 Great Neighborhoods

Santa Ana, California

Downtown Santa Ana

Atlanta, Georgia

Midtown Atlanta

Louisville, Kentucky

Old Louisville

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Nob Hill

Warren, Rhode Island

Downtown Warren

2016 Great Streets

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Sherman Avenue

Ketchum, Idaho

Main Street

Omaha, Nebraska

South 24th Street

Bronx, New York

Arthur Avenue

Davidson, North Carolina

Main Street

2016 Great Public Spaces

Fairbanks, Alaska

Golden Heart Plaza

Valparaiso, Indiana

Central Park Plaza

Cincinnati, Ohio

Findlay Market

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Guthrie Green

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fairmount Park

The Gold Standard in America’s Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces

Each year, APA recognizes outstanding people, planning work, and places — representing the best in planning and community impact. During the National Community Planning Month each October, we celebrate how planning improves lives and communities of lasting value.

What Makes a Place Great?

APA has defined characterics and guidelines for great neighborhoods, public spaces, and streets. APA also considers geography, population, demographics, and setting (rural, suburban, urban).

Great Neighborhoods

Great Public Spaces

Great Streets

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Previous Designees

Order Your Great Places in America Bronze Plaque

Plaques to mark these recognized places may be ordered by local governments, businesses, donors, or organizations.

Celebrate Your Great Place in Style

APA offers a wide selection of clothing and office products featuring Great Places in America.