Great Places in America: People's Choice

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

The 2018 People's Choice Is ...


Riverwalk • Tampa, Florida

A section of the Tampa Riverwalk near Kennedy Boulevard Plaza. Getty Images photo.

The Riverwalk has transformed the city and brought a valuable public space to the Tampa community. The vision of Tampa Riverwalk originated in the 1970s and has evolved through different plans and phases, ultimately taking six mayors and 40 years to complete.

The most recent development united the formerly disjointed segments of the path to create a single linear park along the Hillsborough River through the heart of downtown. As more people move to and visit Tampa’s urban core, the Riverwalk provides opportunities for leisurely strolling, biking, and visiting the city’s cultural attractions.

The Other 2018 Nominees

Uncas Leap Heritage Area • Norwich, Connecticut

Katy Trail • Missouri

Detroit Riverfront • Detroit, Michigan

Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront • Washington, D.C.


Previous People's Choice Designees

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