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We all have places in Texas dear to our heart. That's why the Texas Chapter has created the Great Places in Texas Program, our state's own rendition of the American Planning Association's Great Places in America program.

Great Places in Texas will recognize the Lone Star’s Great Places – neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces – and celebrate how planning has played a vital role where we live, work, and play. The program promotes and recognizes great places while celebrating stories of exemplary planning that have resulted in stronger and healthier communities.     

Telling Your Story

The Chapter is excited to announce the partnership with Chet Garner, creator, executive producer, writer, editor and host of the five-time Emmy-award winning “The Daytripper.”, to assist in increasing the exposure of Great Places in Texas - and to tell the planning story. The Daytripper is a 7-time Lone Star Emmy Award winning travel show airing on PBS and highlights the culture, outdoors and food of a single tourist destination or area. Chet was a keynote speaker fo the Texas Chapter Conference in 2017. CLICK HERE to watch Chet's presentation at the Chapter conference.

Chet Garner

 Congratulations 2018 Great Places in Texas!

Watch the BIG announcement of the 2018 Great Places in Texas from Chapter President Doug McDonald and Producer and Host of The Daytripper Chet Garner. Filmed in Georgetown Town Square, a 2017 Great Place in Texas.


 2018 Great Places in Texas

These places illustrate most effectively what it means to be a “great” place, including design, functionality, sustainability, character, quality, and community participation.

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The Call for Applications for the 2019 Great Places in Texas will open October 1, 2018.



Great Neighborhoods

Great Streets

Great Public Spaces

 Downtown Bryan
Bryan, TX

Magnolia Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 

Oval Park
McAllen, TX 

Downtown San Marcos
San Marcos, TX

Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX

Municipal Rose Garden
Tyler, TX

Downtown McKinney
McKinney, TX

South El Paso Street
El Paso, TX

Suspension Bridge
Waco, TX

North Richland Hills, TX 

The Strand
Galveston, TX 

River Walk
San Angelo, TX

Downtown Plano
Plano, TX


Town Square
Georgetown, TX

Houston, TX


Springtown, TX 

Old West Austin
Austin, TX

Buffalo Bayou
Houston, TX 

San Antonio, TX

Fair Park
Dallas, TX


Main Plaza
San Antonio, TX


Hermann Park
Houston, TX

The State of Texas has 11 GREAT places that have been designated nationally by the American Planning Association. To learn more about the lone star national designees, please click on the photos below. 

Great Places in Texas - National Designees

Buffalo Bayou Montrose Downtown Plano
Fair Park Main Plaza South El Paso Street
Hermann Park Old West Austin Galveston Strand


Visit the APA Great Places in America Website  

Great Places in Texas Task Force

Name   Region
Lori Schwarz   North Texas
Amanda Torres   South Texas
Chris Copple   Central Texas
AJ Fawver   West Texas
Larissa Philpot   East Texas
Doug McDonald   APA-Texas Chapter Board of Directors Representative