Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, October 15, 2012

APA's 10 Great Public Places, 2012

Earlier in the month, in "American Planning Association's annual list of "Great Neighborhoods" and cultural tourism" we discussed the American Planning Association's "Great Places in America" program, which honors communities and places in three categories: neighborhoods; streets; and places.  This is the list of "Great Places."  Also see "10 great public spaces that set a city apart" from USA Today.

1.  Bienville Square, Mobile, Alabama
2.  Ritter Park, Huntington, West Virginia
3.  Washington Park, Denver
4.  Buffalo Bayou, Houston
5.  Village Green, Bar Harbor, Maine
6.  Jackson Square, New Orleans
7.  Union Station, Chicago
8.  Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon
9.  Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
10. Cesar Chavez Plaza, Sacramento, California
Postcard, Jackson Square, New Orleans
I like this historic postcard of Jackson Square in New Orleans because how it denotes the various civic assets located on the Square (the French Market is across the street) is a nice illustration of the concepts of "layering" and the creation of an integrated public realm framework.  See "The layering effect: how the building blocks of an integrated public realm set the stage for community building and Silver Spring, Maryland as an example."

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