2019 Great Places In Washington Nominations Deadline Extended


Great Places in Washington Program

An awards program co-sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA WA) and the Planning Association of Washington (PAW)

The 2019 Great Places in Washington Awards program will recognize Great Streets in Washington State. Awards this year will be given to three different streets based on their context and function (see below). This program is based on the American Planning Association's Great Places in America Program.

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Nominations Due: August 7

Please send a digital copy to [email protected] and paper copies can be sent to Washington Chapter American Planning Association 2150 N 107th Street Ste 205, Seattle, WA 98133 postmarked by August 7. Submittals are limited to six pages total (including the cover sheet). 

Who Should Apply?

All are welcome to apply. Examples include:

  • Cities, counties, and towns
  • Community/neighborhood groups
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Planning professionals

Streets Awards Categories and Criteria:

We plan to award three different categories of Great Streets: 

  • Urban main streets
  • Small city/town and neighborhood main streets
  • Boulevards (streets that successfully balance vehicular traffic with transit and pedestrian circulation)

These may be portions of longer streets or they may encompass the entire street, provided they meet the awards criteria below.

Great Streets (awards criteria):

  • Integrate a vibrant mix of uses that supports the greater community.
  • Are framed by interesting and articulated building facades that contribute to the use and popularity of the street.
  • Include attributes and design elements that create a distinctive character.
  • Feel safe and welcoming to all, particularly pedestrians.
  • Accommodate community events and facilitate social interaction.


View the Great Places website for more information.
Contact Bob Bengford ([email protected]), or Amanda Tainio ([email protected]), Great Places Co-Chairs. 

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