News Release: October 11, 2016

Suggest Your Great Place for the “People’s Choice” Designee

APA is calling for suggestions for Great Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces that should be recognized in your community.

WASHINGTON, DC — What is your favorite street, neighborhood or public space? Nominate it for the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America People’s Choice designation. The People’s Choice designations are nominated by the public, and voted on by the public. Nominations are accepted through October 17, 2016.

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.

To nominate your neighborhood, street or public space for the People’s Choice designee, comment on APA’s Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram feed using hashtag #APAGreatPlaces. Nominations will be accepted through October 17. Voting will take place October 19–28. The People’s Choice designee will be announced on November 2.

Each October, to kick off National Community Planning Month, APA announces its designation list of Great Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces as selected by a panel of APA leaders. The People’s Choice designation enables members of the public to call attention to their favorite great places. Last year, Colley Avenue in Norfolk, Virginia, was the People’s Choice designee.

To see this year’s 2016 Great Places in America designees, visit

Visit to learn more about National Community Planning Month.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago with almost 38,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries. For more information, visit

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;