October 13, 2010

APA Recognizes 2010 Great Neighborhoods, Streets, Public Spaces

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the country's 10 Great Neighborhoods, 10 Great Streets, and 10 Great Public Spaces for 2010 through the organization's national program, Great Places in America.

Launched in 2007, Great Places in America 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, noteworthy social, cultural or historical character, community involvement, resilience, and a vision for the future. To date, 110 places have been designated in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

"This year's designations represent American communities of all sizes, from New York City, Boston and San Francisco to Wallace, Idaho, Red Lodge, Montana, and Middleburg, Virginia," said APA Chief Executive Officer W. Paul Farmer, FAICP. "Places of distinction and unique character are found not only in big cities or selected states, but everywhere. We hope these examples inspire other communities to envision, plan and realize their own great places of lasting value." 

"These American Planning Association Great Places demonstrate the benefits of  good planning and plan implementation, often over generations," Farmer said, adding "Great Places show what helps make communities attractive and able to offer residents better choices for where and how they work and live."

APA Great Places are enjoyable, safe and desirable — places that attract users everyday. America's truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many characteristics, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement. The 2010 designees are not ranked, but are listed here alphabetically by state. Additional details about each designee are available at www.planning.org/greatplaces.

2010 Great Neighborhoods in America

Lower Downtown, Denver, Colorado
Riverside Avondale, Jacksonville, Florida
Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, Village of Oak Park, Illinois
John S. Park Neighborhood, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Paseo, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Historic Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood, Lafayette, Indiana
Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts
Downtown Frederick, Frederick Maryland
Hyde Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cathedral Historic District, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2010 Great Streets in America

Spring Street, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
5th Avenue, San Diego, California
Bank Street, Wallace, Idaho
Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas
Wydown Boulevard, Clayton, Missouri
Broadway Avenue, Red Lodge, Montana
Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey
Middle Street, New Bern, North Carolina
Liberty Street, Franklin, Pennsylvania
Washington Street, Middleburg, Virginia

2010 Great Public Spaces in America

Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden, Birmingham, Alabama
Ferry Building, San Francisco, California
Plaza Real, Boca Raton, Florida
Fountain Square, Bowling Green, Kentucky
The Emerald Necklace, Boston, Massachusetts
Campus Martius Park, Detroit, Michigan
Bryant Park, New York City, New York
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Main Plaza, San Antonio, Texas
Percival Landing Boardwalk and Park, Olympia, Washington

Great Places in America is just one of the ways APA recognizes and celebrates National Community Planning Month each October. The special month is designed to recognize and celebrate the many residents, leaders, officials, and professionals who contribute to making great communities. For more about National Community Planning Month, visit www.planning.org/ncpm.


Denny Johnson, APA, 202-349-1006; djohnson@planning.org
Richard Lukas, APA, 202-349-1010; rlukas@planning.org