Great Places in America

Explore the 2017 Great Places Designees

This month, APA honors 15 places — in communities large and small — that celebrate stories of exemplary planning that has resulted in stronger, healthier, and more just communities.

Get to know the places, people, and planning stories behind each designee:


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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Explore Great Places Close Up

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.