Planning is behind the places communities value most. For more than 10 years, APA has recognized the neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces that make communities stronger and bring people together through good planning.
Suggest a Place
Each year, APA recognizes outstanding people, planning work, and places — representing the best in planning and community impact.
Good Planning Through Good Policies
Our 2017 Great Places designees represent the gold standard in planning and demonstrate why stakeholder engagement at the local, state, and federal levels matters.
Great Places in Every State
275 places have been celebrated since 2007 with at least one Great Place in every state. Learn about the planning story behind each place.
Order Your Great Places in America Bronze Plaque
Plaques to mark these recognized places may be ordered by local governments, businesses, donors, or organizations.