What makes your community a good place to live? How do great places grow, and what makes them special?
APA's Community Assistance Program, with AICP's Planning Assistance Teams, was created to address social equity issues through the provision of specialized planning services to communities in need. This program is supported through donations.
What makes a great place? We all can think of a street, neighborhood, or public place that is unique or memorable, but what makes it special? What elements combine to produce a place that not only works for people in the community but rises far above the ordinary?
Each year APA, its members, chapters, divisions, and professional institute sponsor National Community Planning Month to raise the visibility of the important role of planners and planning in communities across the U.S. Planners address both the existing and future needs of a community. Celebrate the achievements of planning during National Community Planning Month.
No longer seen as simply grass and trees, parks provide a multitude of benefits to their users. The City Parks Forum is about collaboration, sharing information, and exchanging ideas addressing the challenges of creating and enhancing parks.
A website for kids developed by city planners. Explore how you created communities, how you live in them, and how you change them.
The Sustaining Places Initiative is a multi-year, multi-faceted program to define the role of planning in addressing all human settlement issues relating to sustainability.
As part of this initiative, APA launched the Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places program. Pilot communities and test communities are helping develop a designation program that will recognize exemplary comprehensive plans aimed at sustaining places.
APA and its members worked to help those displaced by Hurricane Katrina and to share the news that good planning could aid in the recovery and rebuilding.
Since Hurricane Sandy hit, APA has been working closely with affected members and their communities. Recovery and rebuilding efforts will take time.