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Old 04-03-2014, 02:08 PM
 
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Union Square in Manhattan combines a town square, a park, a transit hub and a green market all in one.
Man, look at all those keg partiers, drug dealers and pickpockets!!
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:11 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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We should take the "American route" of town squares and not the "European route" considering this is America...
Square park with a courthouse or a memorial in the middle.

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3146...DOBpoVpUoQ!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9441...H_D3pSXnaw!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9487...5ZH1wFpUvw!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7678...6q7hQ7SHTQ!2e0
(i know its a circle not a square)

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9622...IZi7-GRmvA!2e0
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:20 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Man, look at all those keg partiers, drug dealers and pickpockets!!
They're there:

Union Square

Union Square Is a

Considering the millions that pass through, the incidents involve a tiny fraction of the people who visit. Was sketchier back then:


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[Gonna take a walk down to Union Square
You never know who you're gonna find there]

Among others, a Barnes & Noble (I think it's their largest store and their corporate headquarters a few blocks away) and a large Best Buy.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:24 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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We should take the "American route" of town squares and not the "European route" considering this is America...
Square park with a courthouse or a memorial in the middle.

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3146...DOBpoVpUoQ!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9441...H_D3pSXnaw!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9487...5ZH1wFpUvw!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7678...6q7hQ7SHTQ!2e0
(i know its a circle not a square)

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9622...IZi7-GRmvA!2e0
I like your examples but I disagree with your logic. If the European ones can be nice, too there's nothing wrong with borrowing them. I like that they are greener but the one (and only) thing I agree with this post is:


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A concrete park makes sense if your goal is trying to accommodate masses of people in small areas. If it were a grassy park, the ground would be quite soggy and neither the ground nor the grass would be suitable for high traffic.
A hard surface with planted trees or shrubs is a good compromise between a non-messy surface and greenery.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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^^Agreed! Europeans are too hung up on concrete/bricks.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: The City
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I always liked this square in Sonoma CA

https://www.google.com/maps/place/So...80ed210ee6e045


Also, this is sort a Modern attempt at a European Piazza

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Th...700f2f93c1d75f

maybe better image here
https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=pia...rn%20liberties
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:07 PM
 
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Philly has 5 squares from the original design of William Penn - but are more park-like today - one even called a circle today

generally I am an advocate of such place as they are a good resting/chilling place in cores - they work well in smaller towns as well

Philly Squares

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsher/...-aQxbfK-bQqu5D

https://www.flickr.com/photos/381726...-jsqZiA-jspNWd

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bruhin...-4UtfYL-8CdKHU

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbrome...-8SYsu4-8T2xAE


And the last one City Hall - an interior square

https://www.flickr.com/photos/196958...-2ZqtnJ-2Zm4YB

And the currently being completed (summer 2014) re-do of the Dilworth plaza portion
New Plans For Dilworth Plaza Redesign Include Cafe, Ice Skating Rink, Concert Space and Lots of Trees | Uwishunu - Philadelphia Blog About Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Food, Nightlife and More


Philly squares are beautiful, but one can't walk very far in the most exclusive square, Rittenhouse, without being aggressively panhandled.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Philly squares are beautiful, but one can't walk very far in the most exclusive square, Rittenhouse, without being aggressively panhandled.
Aggressively panhandled? I didn't notice anything like that when I was there visiting. Though if they are being aggressive, it wouldn't hurt to have police cracking down on that.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Town squares in the northeast are typically in towns - some cities - and do not have pavement all over. They were originally square - thus the name. They almost always have grass and trees. They're like a park often times. Many have gazebos in them that are used for a variety of events. Many also have a variety of monuments.

That blacktop with a fountain I would not call a town square. Maybe a monument.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Keene, NH has an awesome town square.

Google Image Result for http://eyedocdeviney.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/central-square.jpg%3Fw%3D300

Google Image Result for http://www.visitingnewengland.com/PageMill_Resources/Keene-NH.jpg

Google Image Result for http://ctmonuments.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/IMG_1454.jpg


Boonville, NY also has a nice town square.

Google Image Result for http://boonvillechamber.com/baccsite/wp-content/uploads/gazebo.jpg


Warrensburg, NY town square in use:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...art=29&ndsp=20

Google Image Result for http://albanykid.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/warrensburg_garage_sale.jpg

Google Image Result for http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mefp3aDyQQ1r9hhz2o1_500.jpg
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