American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

Great Places

Click Here to View the 2019 Winners of Great Places in North Carolina

Great Street

A Great Street is just that – streets that are gathering places for community events, visitors, and residents. They are streets for people, travelers, shopping, and dining and are integral places for creating a sense of community or place.


Great Street in the Making

A Great Street in the Making is one that is still being planned or is only partly on the ground with a lot of potential for greatness.


Great Transformation

Great Transformations include places that have been reenergized – whether a shopping mall that’s been retrofitted into a mixed-use community, an abandoned industrial area transformed into artist lofts, or a recently rejuvenated neighborhood.


Great Historic Rehabilitation

With just 100 words and a photo, tell us why you think your historic rehabilitation project is great!  Nominate a project that used tax credits and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, represents a signature project for a jurisdiction, and has community support.


Great Place for Public Art

With just 100 words and a photo, you can nominate your Great Place for Public Art. More and more, people have come to value communities that show their creative side. Whether it’s a mural-filled downtown, a sculpture park, or artistic bus stops, we want to see your community’s artistic side. Show us your Great Place for Public Art!

About the Great Places in NC Awards Program

Great Places in North Carolina is an awards program created in 2012 to highlight North Carolina’s Great Places and the communities and people that have created them. North Carolina is full of amazing places that make this state a wonderful place to live, bring important money and jobs into our economy, and keep our communities thriving. Many people work hard to create, sustain, and improve these places, including citizens, planners, business leaders, and elected officials. This is a chance for everyone to celebrate together! Join us as we celebrate the great achievements of our communities.

We are challenging everyone to either make a nomination or encourage someone to make a nomination. Great Places selected for the award are publicized by APA-NC statewide, invited to Town Hall Day in Raleigh, and are asked to speak at the state APA conference. Additionally, winning communities will be recognized at a public event in their community. Past winners have used their Great Place recognition for grant applications, economic development efforts, and public relations outreach. Plus, Great Places serve as wonderful examples of the planning profession at its best.

APA-NC’s Great Main Street and Main Street in the Making awards are not affiliated with Main Street America or the NC Main Street Program.