News Release: September 25, 2019

APA Recognizes the 2019 Great Places in America Designees

WASHINGTON, DC (September 25, 2019) — The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the country's 13 Great Places for 2019 through the organization’s national flagship program Great Places in America.

APA's Great Places in America program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning — attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2019 are places that are unique and exemplary in their success stories of revitalization and cultural identity and for creating strong community connection.

"Our Great Places in America designees demonstrate the value of planning in creating stronger, healthier, and more just communities,” said Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, president of APA. “These neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces unified communities and overcame challenges. It is always exciting to recognize these outstanding places as a countdown to National Community Planning Month.”

Since launching the Great Places in America program in 2007, APA has recognized 303 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Designees are selected annually and represent the gold standard for a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for the future.

Great Places in America is one of the ways APA starts the countdown to National Community Planning Month each October, a month-long event celebrating the accomplishments of the many residents, leaders, officials, and professionals who contribute to making great communities through the planning process.

For the sixth year, APA seeks input from the public for the “People’s Choice” designee. Throughout October, individuals can offer suggestions via APA’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feed using the hashtag #APAgreatplaces. APA will select five finalists that the public can vote for on APA’s website. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced on October 30, 2019.

The 2019 Great Places in America designees are listed below alphabetically by location and are not ranked.

Great Neighborhoods

  • Downtown Lee’s Summit – Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  • Downtown Patchogue Village – Patchogue, New York
  • Short North Arts District – Columbus, Ohio
  • Historic Downtown Delaware – Delaware, Ohio

Great Public Spaces

  • Pioneer Park – Mesa, Arizona
  • Neponset River Greenway – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook – Amsterdam, New York
  • Governors Island – New York, New York
  • Gathering Place – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Discovery Green – Houston, Texas

Great Streets

  • Artery Hopkins – Hopkins, Minnesota
  • Water Street – Henderson, Nevada
  • Cleveland Street – Redmond, Washington

To learn more about each of this year’s designees, visit

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating great communities for all. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning — physical, economic and social — to foster quality of life for all residents. The 45,000 members work in concert with community members, civic leaders, and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, the APA Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at

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September 25, 2019