2008 Great Places Celebrations

Great Places in America Shine Throughout the Country

On October 8 the American Planning Association (APA) announced its 30 Great Places in America for 2008. 

Magazine Recommends APA's Public Spaces to Its Readers

Travel & Leisure magazine highlighted APA's Great Public Spaces in its November 2008 online edition. In a slideshow, the magazine explains why APA chose the right places.

Read the article in Travel & Leisure

Sheridan Holds Official Event

(Photo left) On November 3, 2008, the City of Sheridan, Wyoming, celebrated the designation of Downtown Sheridan as one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2008. In a ceremony in the historic city hall, APA Region V Director Kelli A. Sertich, AICP, and Director-at-large Debra A. March presented the Great Places certificate to Mayor Dave Kinskey and Gov. Dave Freudenthal (not pictured).

Read coverage from The Sheridan Press.

APA Celebrates Historic Gateway to Washington

(Photo right) On October 8, 2008, APA President Robert B. Hunter, FAICP, recognized Union Station in Washington, D.C., as one of 10 Great Public Spaces in America for 2008. With the impressive station as a backdrop, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty heralded the building's use as a community gathering space. Harriet Tregoning, director of the DC Office of Planning, joined the mayor.

Read coverage from The Washington Post and Washington City Paper.

Main Street Celebrated As Part of Annapolis's 300th Anniversary

(Photo left) On October 8, 2008, AICP President Graham Billingsley, AICP, presented Annapolis, Maryland, Mayor Ellen O. Moyer with a certificate of designation for Main Street Annapolis as one of APA's Great Streets in America for 2008. Moyer thanked the planning department for its hard work.

Read full coverage on the designation and event from The Capital.

These events followed similar celebrations held throughout 2007, when the APA announced its first 10 Great Streets and 10 Great Neighborhoods in America. The response for 2008 is equally impressive with over 200 television spots and newspaper articles along with numerous blog entries.

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