2008 Great Public Spaces Media Coverage

Magazine Recommends APA's Public Spaces to Its Readers

Travel & Leisure magazine highlighted APA's Great Public Spaces in its November 2008 online edition. In a slideshow, the magazine explains why APA chose the right places.

Read the article in Travel & Leisure

Central Park (New York, New York)

"The American Planning Association on Wednesday announced that it had designated Central Park as one of the 10 great public spaces in the United States. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Greensward Plan of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the 1858 document that established the aesthetic vision for the park."

NYTimes.com (City Room Blog)


Church Street Marketplace (Burlington, Vermont)

"To get this kind of recognition, when you look at the other places being recognized, is a tribute to the many people who have made the street successful. This has been a group effort."

Burlington Free Press

WCAX 3 (CBS)

FOX 44


Mellon Square (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

"Mellon Square exemplifies our industrial heritage, our public-private partnerships that reflect our community pride, and our historic architecture in the context of the Golden Triangle where the city was born."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Pioneer Courthouse Square (Portland, Oregon)

"Portlanders know it as Pioneer Courthouse Square, a former downtown parking lot turned gathering spot, MAX train hub and the place where that bronze man, Mr. Allow Me himself, is eternally offering to share his umbrella. We call it the Living Room."

The Oregonian

The Oregonian

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland Business Journal


Santa Monica Beach (Santa Monica, California)

"Santa Monica Beach was praised because of its opportunities for recreation and social interaction as well as a 'long-standing commitment to accessibility for all people; and a commitment to environmental stewardship and historic preservation.'"

Los Angeles Times


Union Station (Washington, D.C.)

"Central Park doesn't have anything on this. It's like a mall in itself, and an art gallery, too."

Washington Post

Washington City Paper (blog)

WTOP 103.5

Washington Business Journal

D.C. Examiner


Waterfront Park (Charleston, South Carolina)

"Charleston's Waterfront Park has been named one of the nation's 10 Great Public Spaces on an annual list prepared by the American Planning Association. Waterfront Park shares the list with a number of nationally known public spaces."

The Post and Courier


Waterplace Park (Providence, Rhode Island)

"Fans of Waterplace Park have reason to celebrate. The American Planning Association, a national community planning organization, has named the park one of the 'Top 10 Great Places in America' for 2008."

Providence Journal-Bulletin


West Side Market (Cleveland, Ohio)

"The association listed Cleveland's West Side Market among the nation's top 10 great public spaces. The 96-year-old market offers vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fish and ethnic foods"

NewsNet 5

Akron Beacon Journal (via Ohio.com)


Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza (Prescott, Arizona)

"With their dogs straining at leashes, three women stood talking along the Goodwin Street side of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza."

Prescott Daily Courier