APA’s flagship program 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, cultural and
historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and
live. They are enjoyable, safe, and desirable. They are places where
people want to be — not only to visit, but to live and work every day.
America’s truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are
defined by many criteria, including architectural features,
accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.