The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA PA) will be recognizing “Great Public Spaces” and “Great Transformations” in 2019. Great Transformations is a new category that relates to revitalization of a place that was not thriving. Overall, Great Places are unique, memorable places that display a wealth of best practices in community planning and serve as models for other communities. Everyone should be proud of the “great” planning that is occurring in their community and want it recognized as a model for other communities.

Do you know a public space or transformation that embodies planning excellence and promotes a sense of community? Do you think it merits designation as a Great Place in Pennsylvania? If so, NOMINATE IT!

The deadline for Nominations is May 7, 2019. For more information, including guidelines, category criteria, and the nomination form, please visit the APA PA website: All Great Public Spaces and Great Transformation nominations must be submitted online at

What Makes a Great Place?

Great Places offer better choices for where and how people live, work, and play. They are enjoyable, safe, sustainable, and desirable. They build healthy and resilient communities. Great Places also give their communities an economic boost by helping to attract and retain residents and businesses, as well as attract visitors. Many criteria, including functionality, accessibility, connectivity, community involvement, economic opportunities, forward thinking planning, partnerships, and others, define Pennsylvania’s Great Places. A Great Place in your community demonstrates the importance of planning and illustrates how local policies and projects strengthen our communities.

APA PA will recognize successfully designated Great Public Spaces and Great Transformations through an array of activities, such as: