The American Planning Association's Great Places in America program announced on Tuesday its 2009 Top 10 Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Places.

APA's flagship program, Great Places in America, celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. Places are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow. APA Great Places "are places where people want to be - not only to visit, but to live and work every day. America's truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement."

APA singled out Front Street because of the city's long-standing commitment to protect the street's historic and maritime character as well as its economic vitality, and for its unique sense of place, framing views of the Kennebec River and the town's place-defining trademark, the giant red-and-white Bath Iron Works crane.

Top 10 Great Streets
• Skagway, Alaska - Broadway Street
• Little Rock, Arkansas - President Clinton Avenue
• Bath, Maine - Front Street
• Ann Arbor, Michigan - South Main Street
• Traverse City, Michigan - Front Street
• Collingswood, New Jersey - Haddon Avenue
• Greenville, South Carolina, Main Street
• Williamsburg, Virginia, Duke of Gloucester Street
• Wheeling, West Virginia, North Main Street
• Milwaukee, Wisconsin, East Newberry Boulevard

Top 10 Great Neighborhoods
• Pasadena, California - Bungalow Heaven
• New Orleans, Louisiana - Faubourg Marigny
• Lincoln, Nebraska - The Haymarket
• Kenmore, New York - Village of Kenmore
• Fargo, North Dakota - Downtown Fargo
• Portland, Oregon - Ladd's Addition
• Franklin, Tennessee - Downtown Franklin Historic District
• Houston, Texas - Montrose
• Newport News, Virginia - Historic Hilton Village
• Spokane, Washington - Browne's Addition

Top 10 Great Public Spaces
• New Haven, Connecticut - New Haven Green
• Dover, Delaware - The Green
• Savannah, Georgia - The Squares of Savannah
• Chicago, Illinois - Lincoln Park
• Charlevoix, Michigan - East Park
• Minneapolis, Minnesota - The Grand Rounds
• Keene, New Hampshire - Central Square
• Flushing, New York - Queens Botanical Garden
• Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Central Market
• Virginia Beach, Virginia - Virginia Beach Boardwalk

For detailed information on each of the APA top 10 neighborhoods, streets and public places, go to