Officials Celebrate Great Planning and Great Places

When APA proclaimed a neighborhood in the smallest town in the smallest county in the smallest state a Great Neighborhood in America, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) was there in Warren to mark the occasion.

He called the moment a “real tribute to local leadership who engaged in smart planning, working closely with the business community, government leaders, and good planning principles to create a vibrant and exciting downtown.”

But Downtown Warren hasn't been the only APA Great Places in America designee to receive some positive attention from elected officials.

In recent years, mayors and city managers, state legislators, and U.S. congressmen and women have joined together to celebrate the planning successes in communities large and small.

With less than one month until the deadline to nominate a 2019 Great Place, here is a look at what five other local, state, and federal elected officials had to say about the planning that earned their communities’ recognition as one of APA’s Great Places in America.

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton

 
 
 
 
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Roosevelt Row - Phoenix, Arizona - Designated as a 2015 ‘Great Neighborhood’ #APAGreatPlaces @gregstantonaz @RooseveltRowCDC @CityofPhoenixAZ #phoenix #rooseveltrow APA-designated Great Places in America exemplify planning that results in stronger, healthier, and more just communities. Gain recognition for the public space, neighborhood, or street you love for its character and community benefits by suggesting it for designation. APA will announce the 2019 designees at the fall Policy and Advocacy Conference in Washington and celebrate them throughout National Community Planning Month in October. Members and nonmembers alike may use our easy online form to suggest a Great Place in America. planning.org/greatplaces - 📷 by Brandi Porter

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Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander

 
 
 
 
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Ghent - Norfolk, Virginia - Designated as a 'Great Neighborhood' in 2018. #APAGreatPlaces @cityofnorfolkva Since the days of its founding during industrial growth, Ghent has adapted to social and environmental changes, from housing shortages to the reality of living at sea level. The Norfolk, Virginia, neighborhood is a diverse community that is facing the challenges of sea level rise while striving toward social and environmental resilience. Gain recognition for the public space, neighborhood, or street you love for its character and community benefits by suggesting it for designation at planning.org/greatplaces #Norfolk #Virginia #Ghent 📷 photo courtesy VisitNorfolk

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U.S. Sen. James Inhofe

 
 
 
 
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Guthrie Historic District - Guthrie, Oklahoma - Designated as a 'Great Neighborhood' in 2018 #APAGreatPlaces @JimInhofe Although rural Guthrie, Oklahoma, has faced economic struggles in the past, Guthrie Historic District is a neighborhood that fosters creativity and community involvement. Embracing its historic character has been a key to simultaneously improving the health of residents, creating a welcoming place for visitors, and bolstering the local economy of this Oklahoma town. Gain recognition for the public space, neighborhood, or street you love for its character and community benefits by suggesting it for designation. (📷 Photo courtesy City of Guthrie) #Guthrie #Oklahoma

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Massachusetts State Sen. Adam Hinds

Mayor Margaret Feierabend

 
 
 
 
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State Street: Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia - Designated as a 'Great Street' in 2018 #APAGreatPlaces State Street is a five-block downtown commercial historic district and the main street shared by two rural cities in two different states. State Street revitalization was initially inspired by a citizen-led, two-year Virginia-Tennessee collaborative planning process in the late 1990s, resulting in the plan Ignite: Create Bristol’s Future and the rebirth of this historic state line street. @CityofBristolTn @believeinbristol APA-designated Great Places in America exemplify planning that results in stronger, healthier, and more just communities. Gain recognition for the public space, neighborhood, or street you love for its character and community benefits by suggesting it for designation. planning.org/greatplaces 📷 courtesy Bristol VA/TN Chamber of Commerce

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Nominate a Great Place

APA is accepting nominations for 2019 Great Places in America candidates now through April 17.

Suggest a neighborhood, street, or public space with a planning story worthy of celebrating, and you may just get a chance to tout your community’s planning work to elected officials.

Top image: Local, state, and federal leadership celebrating Downtown Warren's Great Neighborhood designation. Photo by Kate Michaud.


About the Author
Emily Pasi is APA's public affairs manager.

April 1, 2019

By Emily Pasi