Top 100 Public Spaces in the U.S.

What are the best public spaces in the United States? Great public spaces are where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges take place, friends run into each other, and cultures mix. In your mind, which public spaces best accomplish these tasks, and more importantly, meet that elusive goal of being a place that people hold dear? We've seeded the list with a few suggestions, but we're looking to you to bring the best places to our attention. As places get posted, vote for your favorites! Each user gets up to 10 votes to use as they wish.

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The Circle: Uptown Normal, IL

The Circle located in uptown Normal, IL is a beautifully landscaped and sustainably designed multi-functional circle that provides community green space, re-circulates storm water into a public fountain and improves traffic circulation. Designed by the award winning Hoerr Schaudt landscape architects from Chicago, the circle aesthetically enhances the community surroundings creating an energy that naturally entices and ...more »

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New Haven Temple Plaza with Public Art by Felice Varini

Located in the heart of downtown New Haven, CT, Temple Plaza was created in the 1990s by hollowing out the crumbling interior of a large city block. A close neighbor to New Haven's iconic central Green, this new public space is diametrically different in character. Small and irregularly-shaped, the delightful plaza is bordered by formerly hidden rear and side yard structures clad with utilitarian but eclectic architectural ...more »

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Campus Martius Park

Armed with a vision to create one of the best public places in the world, Campus Martius Park was re-established in the heart of downtown Detroit at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Michigan Avenue. (The park was lost in the 1900s as the city's downtown was reconfigured to accommodate increased vehicular traffic.) Inviting citizens and key stakeholders to give voice in shaping the look and feel of the park, ...more »

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Bryant Park, New York City

Bryant Park is one of the signature examples of New York City's revival in the 1990s. Essentially crime-free, the park is filled with office workers on sunny weekdays, city visitors on the weekends, and revelers during the holidays. Daily attendance counts often exceed 800 people per acre, making it the most densely occupied urban park in the world. In 1995, an article about midtown office workers who had found the newly ...more »

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Cal Anderson Park, Seattle, WA

http://www.bergerpartnership.com/category/parks-public/?id=category Cal Anderson Park is the village green and epicenter of all that is Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. It is a much loved crossroads and destination for this diverse, eclectic and densely populated area located just blocks away from downtown. The timeless and elegant design of this former open water reservoir accommodates a wide range of users and ...more »

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High Line Park, New York City

In two short years this creative reuse of the old high line elevated railroad has become one of the most visited areas in the City. It has it all. Social space, vistas, linear gardens, water, quiet places and reflections of the past. It has resulted in making the area one of the hottest real estate development areas in Manhattan. As an urban park, it is unique.

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CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour in City Center Mankato: See and enjoy art out in the open along the core blocks of the Mankato and North Mankato City Center. Launched in the Spring of 2011, you will find twenty five sculptures by artists from around the world in a wide range of mediums set on pedestals of locally crafted Minnesota Limestone that, when combined with the vibrancy of existing street life, offers a crown ...more »

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Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh

Laid out in the original 1784 survey of the City, through all its ups and downs, Market Square holds a special place in the hearts of Pittsburghers. Older generations tell stories of coming every week as kids shopping with parents, the middle generations talking about the bars and nightlife of their youth, and people come now for flash mobs, business meetings, weddings or even zombie festivals. This newly renovated ...more »

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Central Park

Central Park ranks among the world's outstanding public places because of its influential original design - and its current management. Since its inception, Central Park's much-imitated design has accommodated a variety of activities for New Yorkers, and the vision of Frederic Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux has proven timeless in that it is still highly suitable for today's park users. http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=1&type_id=0 ...more »

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Arts District at Bay Street - Bellingham, WA

The transformation of a street designed for cars into a place created for people is now a beloved downtown hot spot where people of all ages come together. Bay Street showcases our community's love for the arts by providing a stage for independent cinema, music, dance, visual arts and innovation. Add locally roasted coffee, great eats and one-of-a-kind Bellingham businesses to the mix and SPARK! This spot should rank ...more »

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Millennium Park, Chicago

The 24.5 acre Millennium Park sits on former industrial land that was controlled by the Illinois Central Railroad from the 1850s until the 1990s. The current park was first conceived in late 1997 with Mayor Richard M. Daley’s vision of turning the area into a new public space for residents of Chicago. The original plan called for a 16-acre park and outdoor music venue in the traditional Beaux Arts style of Grant Park. ...more »

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