Great Place FAQs

What is the Great Places in America designation?
The Great Places designation is the gold standard in America’s Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces, as determined by the American Planning Association (APA).

Each year, APA recognizes outstanding people, planning work, and places — representing the best in planning and community impact.

Uptown Greenwood was recognized as a Great Neighborhood for 2017, the second in the state of South Carolina to be named in this category, along with Beaufort Historic District.

Other Great Places in SC include the Great Streets designees of Main Street, Greenville, Broad Street, Charleston, and King Street, Charleston and the Great Public Place designee, Waterfront Park, Charleston.
What are the qualities and characteristics of a Great Place?
How does the selection process work for the Great Places in America?
How many communities have been honored?
For 2017, Uptown Greenwood was one of only 15 communities honored nationwide as a Great Place, and one of only 5 named as a Great Neighborhood. Over the past 10 years, many communities across the US have been recognized.
What are some examples of the planning taken place in Greenwood?