Great Places in America

Planning is behind the places communities value most.  APA recognizes the neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces that make communities stronger and bring people together through good planning.

2020 Great Places in America Suggestion Period Open

The next Great Place in America could be in your community. Do you have a neighborhood, street, or public space that tells a planning success story? Celebrate good planning by suggesting a place today.

Good Planning Through Good Policies

Our 2019 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

303 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.