Great Places in America

Planning is behind the places communities value most. For 11 years, APA has recognized the neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces that make communities stronger and bring people together through good planning.

Good Planning Through Good Policies

Our 2018 Great Places designees represent the gold standard in planning and demonstrate why stakeholder engagement at the local, state, and federal levels matters.

Great Places in Every State

290 places have been celebrated since 2007 with at least one Great Place in every state. Learn about the planning story behind each place.

Get up close and personal with all 290 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces named Great Places in America on our story map

Order Your Great Places in America Bronze Plaque

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