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.

1 minute read

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.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 in American Planning Association

Green rapid transit bus pulled into station in dedicated lane.

Indiana Once Again Considering Ban on Dedicated Transit Lanes

The proposed legislation would impact the construction of planned IndyGo Blue Line, the third phase of the city’s bus rapid transit system.

February 25, 2024 - Fox 59

View of 110 freeway with downtown Los Angeles buildings in background.

LA Freeway Ramp ‘Quietly Canceled’

A 2018 lawsuit forced Metro and Caltrans to do full environmental reviews of the project, leading to its cancellation.

February 29, 2024 - Streetsblog LA

View from shore of Sepulveda Basin water catchment basin with marsh plants along shore.

LA’s ‘Spongy’ Infrastructure Captured Almost 9 Billion Gallons of Water

The city is turning away from stormwater management practices that shuttle water to the ocean, building infrastructure that collects and directs it underground instead.

February 25, 2024 - Wired

Blue and white Pittsburgh bike share bikes lined up at a station with a red city bus on street in background.

Micromobility Operators Call for Better Links to Transit

For shared mobility to succeed, systems must tap into the connectivity and funding potential offered by closer collaboration with public transit.

March 4 - GovTech

New York MTA Bus

Retaining Transit Workers Is About More Than Wages

An analysis of California transit employees found a high rate of burnout among operators who face unpredictable work schedules, high housing costs, and occasional violence.

March 4 - Streetsblog California

View of Hollywood Reservoir with palm trees in foreground and Los Angeles neighobrhoods in background.

California's Stormwater Potential

A new study reveals that if California could collect and treat more stormwater in cities, it could provide enough water to supply a quarter of the state’s urban population.

March 4 - Cal Matters

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.