Allentown design project earns APA's Planning Achievement Award

The Downtown Allentown Development and Urban Design Plan received the American Planning Association's (APA) National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design at the 2019 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards luncheon Monday in San Francisco. 

The awards program was part of the APA's annual conference. Selected by jury for their achievements in the field of urban planning, the Achievement Award went to 20 organizations from across the U.S., and the National Planning Excellence Award went to five individuals.

According to the project website, the Downtown Allentown Development and Urban Design Plan translated findings from a series of studies by city leaders into recommended actions and identified the initiatives in the areas of land use, urban design, transportation and infrastructure that would do the most to build upon the momentum of revitalizing Allentown’s downtown.

“This year’s award recipients demonstrate how planning helps create communities that offer access and opportunity for all,” stated 2019 APA awards jury chair Wendy Shabay in a press release. “Planning is vital to keep communities thriving and to ensure quality of life for residents.”

To view a list of awardees and learn more about the APA's National Awards Program, visit their website at

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