HOUSTON (RealtyNewsReport.com) – Buffalo Bayou, referred to by Houston Mayor Annise Parker as “Houston’s Central Park,” has been named one of the Great Places in America by the American Planning Association (APA).

A nine-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou, from Shepherd Dr. to the Turning Basin Overlook Park, was considered for the award.

APA’s Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces. These places have been shaped by forward-thinking planning that showcases diverse architectural styles, promotes community involvement and accessibility, and fosters economic opportunity.

“This year’s Great Places in America reflect the diversity and resiliency of communities regardless of size or location,” said APA Chief Paul Farmer. “From Buffalo Bayou in Houston to Fifth Avenue in New York City and Beacon Hill in Seattle, these and the 27 other 2012 Great Places show the many benefits and lasting value created in communities that plan.”