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APA's 2013 Great Places in America





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If you're in Boston for the ASLA Show, you may enjoy walking along the many paths of Norman Leventhal Park, a 1.7-acre green space in the financial district where office workers enjoy eating lunch. The park features a sculptural fountain, a garden trellis, a lawn, hundreds of flowers, shrubs and trees, wrought-iron fencing and plenty of seating. As you see, the space used to be a parking garage. The parking garage is now beneath the park. Photo courtesy: Ed Wonsek


The American Planning Association (APA) has announced its ''2013 Great Places in America'' www.planning.org/greatplaces/spaces/2013. Under that rubric, the APA lists what it considers the ''Great Neighborhoods,'' ''Great Streets'' and ''Great Public Spaces,'' 10 locations for each category.

As public space planning and design are significant sectors for landscape architects, you may be curious to know what U.S. public spaces made the list. The 10 sites are not ranked, just simply listed:

  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage
  • Grand Park, Los Angeles
  • Boardwalk, Hollywood, Florida
  • Norman Leventhal Park, Boston
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge and Watertown, Mass.
  • Forest Park, St. Louis
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark, N.J.
  • Grand Central Terminal, NYC
  • Walnut Street Bridge, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Wash.








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