A neat one-page summary of what makes a successful plaza, square, shopping strip, or park – the places that communities need to be communities.

http://www.placemakingchicago.com/about/qualities.asp

Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council, in an effort called “Project for Public Spaces”, reviewed thousands of public spaces around the world and concluded that successful places share four qualities:

– they are easily accessible;

– they have a mix of uses and activities attracting different ages and interests;

– they are comfortable and have a good image; and,

– they are sociable places, where people meet each other and take people when they come to visit.” 

Place-diagram

“Imagine the center circle on the diagram is a specific place that you know: a street corner, playground, or plaza outside a building. You can evaluate that place according to four criteria in the orange ring. In the green ring are a number of intuitive or qualitative aspects by which to judge a place; the blue area shows the quantitative aspects that can be measured by statistics or research.”

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