News Release: November 2, 2016

Nassau Street in Princeton, New Jersey, Selected as the “People’s Choice” Great Place

​The American Planning Association announces the “People’s Choice” Great Places in America Designation.

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association (APA) announced that Nassau Street in Princeton, New Jersey, has earned the “People’s Choice” designation as one of the Great Places in America in 2016.

“Nassau Street in downtown Princeton, New Jersey, is certainly a people’s choice as a go to destination. Princeton is most fortunate to receive this national recognition from APA as a People’s Choice Award,” said Planning Director Lee Solow.

For the third year in the row, APA asked the public to nominate their favorite public space, neighborhood, or street. Suggestions were collected throughout October via social media outlets using the hashtag #APAGreatPlaces. Five finalists were then selected out of the nearly hundred suggestions that were received. The public could then vote for their favorite through APA’s website during the second part of October.

Nassau Street edged out The Millwork District in Dubuque, Iowa, as this year’s “People’s Choice” designation. The three other finalists up for consideration included Sims Park, New Port Richey, Florida; Pearl District, San Antonio, Texas; and the Whiteaker Neighborhood, Eugene, Oregon.

To launch National Community Planning Month, APA announced this year’s Great Places in America designees. The program names 15 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs. APA’s Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods, and Great Public Spaces feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners.

Since Great Places in America was launched in 2007, APA has designated 260 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces. Places are announced annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.

About Nassau Street

Nassau Street is Princeton's place to be! Princeton University shares Nassau Street as the point where town and gown meet and mingle at the many restaurants, shops, and public spaces. Nassau Street seamlessly blends old with new architecture and provides shopping from mom and pop stores to internationally known retailers. The heart of Princeton is Nassau Street and is where you can go to shop, dine, or just people watch. To learn more click here.

In addition to Nassau Street being designated a People’s Choice Great Place, the following Great Places in America were also recognized in 2016:

2016 Great Neighborhoods

  • Downtown Santa Ana - Santa Ana, California
  • Midtown Atlanta - Atlanta, Georgia
  • Old Louisville - Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nob Hill - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Downtown Warren - Warren, Rhode Island

2016 Great Public Spaces

  • Golden Heart Plaza- Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Central Park Plaza - Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Findlay Market- Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Guthrie Green -Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Fairmount Park- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2016 Great Streets

  • Sherman Avenue - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho
  • Main Street - Ketchum, Idaho
  • South 24th Street- Omaha, Nebraska
  • Arthur Avenue - Bronx, New York
  • Main Street - Davidson, North Carolina

For more information about APA’s Great Places in America Program for 2016, and previous years, visit

For more about National Community Planning Month taking place throughout October visit

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit

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Lee Solow, Planning Director,; 609-924-5366

Roberta Rewers, APA,, 312-786-6395