October 4, 2013

APA Recognizes 2013 Great Places in America

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the country's 10 Great Neighborhoods, 10 Great Streets, and 10 Great Public Spaces for 2013 through the organization's national program, Great Places in America.

Launched in 2007, Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces — three essential components of all communities. These authentic places have been shaped by forward thinking planning that showcases diverse architectural styles, promotes community involvement and accessibility, and fosters economic opportunity.

"With our 2013 designations we reach our two hundredth Great Place in America," said APA Chief Executive Officer W. Paul Farmer, FAICP. "We're excited during National Community Planning Month to recognize these exemplary neighborhoods, streets and public spaces and the contributions planning and plan implementation make to these communities' success."

"By highlighting places like Forest Park in St. Louis, the Kenwood neighborhood in Minneapolis, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia," Farmer continued, "these and our other honorees show what can result when civic leaders, elected officials and citizens work with planners to protect and enhance the unique characteristics that make each of this year's designees worthy of this distinction."

APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live every day. They are defined by many characteristics including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement. The 200 Great Places designated to date are located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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.

The 2013 designees, listed below, are not ranked. Additional details about each designee are available at www.planning.org/greatplaces.

2013 Great Neighborhoods

Chinatown, San Francisco, California
Downtown Norwich, Connecticut
Downtown Decatur, Decatur, Georgia
Central Street Neighborhood, Evanston, Illinois
Downtown Mason City, Mason City, Iowa
Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood, Covington, Kentucky
Kenwood, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Beaufort Historic District, Beaufort, South Carolina
West Freemason, Norfolk, Virginia
Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood, Madison, Wisconsin

2013 Great Streets

North and South Walnut Street, Milford, Delaware
Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida
Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii
C Street, Virginia City, Nevada
Bridge Street, Las Vegas, New Mexico
Market Street, Corning, New York
Broadway, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Strand, Galveston, Texas
West Beverley Street, Staunton, Virginia

2013 Great Public Spaces

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage, Alaska
Grand Park, Los Angeles, California
The Broadwalk in Florida's Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square, Boston, Massachusetts
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri
Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey
Grand Central Terminal, New York, New York
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington


Denny Johnson, APA Public Affairs; 202-349-1006; djohnson@planning.org