A public space may be a gathering spot or part of a neighborhood, downtown, special district, waterfront or other area within the public realm that helps promote social interaction and a sense of community. Examples include such spaces as plazas, town squares, parks, marketplaces, public commons and malls, public greens, piers, special areas within convention centers or grounds, sites within public buildings, concourses or public spaces within private buildings.

Characteristics of a Great Public Space include:
  • Offers high quality attractions and amenities.
  • Promotes social activity and creates a sense of community and neighborliness.
  • Is safe, welcoming, and accommodating for all users.¬†Encourages use and interaction among a diverse cross section of the public.
  • Has a unique or special character that makes it extraordinary or memorable.
    1. Has design and architectural features that are visually interesting.
    2. Reflects the local culture or history.
    3. Relates well to surrounding areas and uses. Having a truly memorable view is a bonus.
  • Is well maintained.

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