APA Announces the 2015 'Great Places in America'

The APA's flagship program is back with its 2015 iteration—celebrating the best neighborhoods, public spaces, and streets in the United States.

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October 2, 2015, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

The American Planning Association (APA) "announced the country's 15 Great Places for 2015 through the organization’s national program, Great Places in America," according to a press release.

The Great Places in America program, launched in 2007, recognizes the best places in the country in the following three categories: neighborhoods, public spaces, and streets. One notable difference between this year's list and last: 2015 acknowledges 15 total great places, while the 2014 list acknowledged 30.

The APA's website includes details on each of the winners, along with a map and slideshow of images from each great place. The page also offers multiple access points to information past winners.

Without further ado, this year's winners:

2015 Great Neighborhoods

  • Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Downtown Plano, Plano, Texas
  • Roosevelt Row, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Wynwood, Miami, Fla.

2015 Great Public Spaces

  • Balboa Park, San Diego, Calif.
  • Flint Farmers' Market, Flint, Mich.
  • Hermann Park, Houston, Texas
  • Millennium Park, Chicago, Ill.
  • Santa Fe Railyard, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, Colo.

2015 Great Streets

  • Third Street, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio
  • Laura Street, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Lexington Avenue, Asheville, N.C.
  • Olvera Street, Los Angeles, Calif.

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