Great Places in America

People’s Choice

We all have places dear to our heart. APA invites members and all Americans to select their own Great Place in America — the People's Choice designee.

2016 People's Choice designee

Announcing the 2016 Great Places in America!

APA is proud to announce the 2016 Great Places in America. These 15 places — in communities large and small — celebrate stories of exemplary planning that have resulted in stronger, healthier, and more just communities.

Introducing this year’s Great Places in America:

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.

Explore the Great Places Close Up

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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Suggest a Place

Now accepting suggestions for Great Places in America in 2017.

Know a great neighborhood, street, or public space? Suggest it today! APA accepts suggestions year-round.

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.