2009 Great Places Celebrations

Great Places in America Shine Throughout the Country

Magazine Lauds APA's Outreach with Great Places in America

"[W]hat these places have in common is the potential to serve as examples to other cities and towns of how their own streets and neighborhoods should look and feel. They’re also valuable case studies in how to accomplish such revitalization."

Read the article from Next American City

Media Coverage

Great Places Announced in Houston's Montrose Neighborhood

On October 7, 2009, APA Executive Director Paul Farmer, FAICP, recognized the Montrose neighborhood in southwest Houston as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods and officially announced the 30 Great Places in America for 2009.

With the iconic Menil Collection museum as a backdrop, Mayor Pro Tem Sue Lovell and Council Member Wanda Adams accepted the honor on behalf of the City of Houston.

Representing the APA Texas Chapter, Jeff Taebel, FAICP, presented Neartown Association President David Robinson with the designation certification for the community's strong civic engagement.

Council Member Wanda Adams and Mayor Pro Tem Sue Lovell accept the Great Places honor for Montrose on behalf of the City of Houston from APA Executive Director Paul Farmer, FAICP

Council Member Wanda Adams and Mayor Pro Tem Sue Lovell accept the Great Places honor for Montrose on behalf of the City of Houston from APA Executive Director Paul Farmer, FAICP.

APA Executive Director Paul Farmer, FAICP, is interviewed by Univision news-network about the significance of the Great Places in America program

APA Executive Director Paul Farmer, FAICP, is interviewed by Univision news-network about the significance of the Great Places in America program.

Jeff Taebel, FAICP, describes the importance of Montrose's diverse character, historic preservation, and walkability as a one-time resident of the neighborhood

Jeff Taebel, FAICP, describes the importance of Montrose's diverse character, historic preservation, and walkability as a one-time resident of the neighborhood.

Great Places Plaque Unveiled in New Orleans

Faubourg Marigny plaque

At a plaque unveiling ceremony on April 13, 2010, APA President Bruce Knight, FAICP, celebrated Faubourg Marigny in New Orleans as one of APA's 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2009.

On sunny spring day, the nearby community gathered in Washington Square Park to watch the ceremony. Councilmember Arnie Fielkow and Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association President Chris Costello accepted the honor on behalf of the neighborhood. Representing APA's Louisiana Chapter, Stephen Villavaso, FAICP, unveiled the plaque, recognizing the community's strong civic engagement, successful preservation efforts, and recent revitalization of Marigny as an arts and entertainment destination.

Plaques marking past designees of Great Places in America may now be ordered online. For more information, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces/plaques.

Photo (from left): Councilmember Arnie Fielkow; Eugene D. Cizek (FMIA's First President); FMIA President Chris Costello; APA President Bruce Knight, FAICP; and APA Louisiana Chapter President Stephen Villavaso, FAICP, celebrate the unveiling of Marigny's Great Places plaque.

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2008 Great Places Celebrations