Of course, what makes a place "great" is subjective. The American Planning Association (APA) is out with its 2016 list of "great neighborhoods," chosen through an application process. The APA looks for communities that have undergone transformation.
A committee of professional planners reviewed thousands of submissions, taking into account various factors including: whether the neighborhood serves an economic driver, fosters a sense of community and preserves historic character.
Community engagement is also a factor in the selection process, as putting a development plan into action can take years.
"When we look at great places or plans that have made a difference, sometimes those plans may have existed for decades, and they may not have gone anywhere for a while due to lack of funds or the lack of cheerleaders, people who will take them and champion them in the community," said Carol Rhea, president of the APA.
The APA first launched the "Great Places in America" project in 2007 and has since recognized 260 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces around the country. Here are the "Great Neighborhoods" for 2016.
— By CNBC's Stephanie Dhue
Posted 2016 Oct. 3