Wednesday, October 03, 2007

American Planning Association Announces the 2007 Great Places in America

The American Planning Association Announces the 2007 Great Places in America

APA celebrates the first 10 Great Streets and 10 Great Neighborhoods designated through its new national program, Great Places in America. Launched last spring, Great Places in America celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. Places are selected annually and represent the gold standard of communities, offering Americans better choices for where and how to work and live.

"We salute the dedication and contribution of countless individuals whose efforts have not only helped bring about these wonderful streets and neighborhoods, but have made them flourish," said APA Executive Director and CEO Paul Farmer, FAICP. "We are honored to recognize their efforts to create safe and sustainable places to live, work, and visit. These Great Places are singled out because they showcase what can be achieved in communities across the country."

The designated neighborhoods and streets are defined by several characteristics, including good design, functionality, sustainability, and community involvement. Through Great Places in America, APA recognizes that great streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces are the essential building blocks of all great communities.

Bull Street
Savannah, Georgia

Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Delmar Loop
University City and St Louis, Missouri

Main Street
Northampton, Massachusetts

Monument Avenue
Richmond, Virginia

North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, Florida

125th Street
New York, New York

St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana

South Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

Chatham Village
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Eastern Market
Washington, D.C.

Elmwood Village
Buffalo, New York

First Addition
Lake Oswego, Oregon

San Diego, California

North Beach
San Francisco, California

Old West Austin
Austin, Texas

Park Slope
Brooklyn, New York

Pike Place Market
Seattle, Washington

West Urbana
Urbana, Illinois