Great Places. You know them when you see them — but how do they become great? All the decisions we make influence the quality of our neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces.
Great Places in America
APA's flagship program celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. Places are selected 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.
APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe, and desirable. They are places where people want to be — not only to visit, but to live and work every day. America's truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.
College Avenue in Appleton, Wisconsin, is the 2014 People's Choice designee!
St. Louis, Missouri
Albany, New York
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Santa Barbara, California
West Palm Beach, Florida
New York, New York
Sag Harbor, New York
Charleston, South Carolina
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Buffalo, New York
Newport, Rhode Island
What Makes a Great Place?
Probably 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?
APA's selection guidelines will be considered in addition to other important factors such as geography, population, demographics, and setting (urban, suburban, rural). Consider these guidelines not as a checklist of "must-haves," but rather as important principles from which we will base our judgments.
Suggest a Great Place
Know of a Neighborhood, Street, or Public Space you think merits designation as a Great Place in America? Suggest it today! APA accepts suggestions year-round.
Members of the APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission are not eligible to submit a Great Places nomination during their term of office.
Bronze Plaques for Great Places in America
Plaques to mark these recognized places may be ordered by local governments, businesses, donors, or organizations.
Celebrate Your Great Place in Style!
APA offers a wide selection of clothing and office products featuring Great Places in America.