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Old 04-03-2014, 04:54 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 17 days ago)
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I agree those pictures are lovely, and that's what I think of when I think of a town square, too.

Here is the Beaver, PA (not to be confused with Beaver Falls, nei) town square.

2nd picture, 4th row
4th picture, 5th row

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Old 04-03-2014, 05:14 PM
Location: Oakland, CA
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I am going to pick a neighborhood example. This is pretty close to my apt - Splash Pad "Park"


This is a great round up of pictures.

It was built I think a decade ago to both connect the area (surrounded by ugly overpasses) to the nearby parks and the Lake. And add some community space. Now it hosts a weekly, year round farmers market with about 100 vendors, and a mix of produce, crafts, prepared food and entertainment.
About the market - Splash Pad Park

And it gives people a place to relax, other times, after going to the movie or picking out some takeout nearby and enjoy a little al fresco dining.

And it cleans up a place surrounded by the freeway. And makes it feel more pedestrian-friendly. (The surrounding areas are some of the densest in Oakland. Prices have gone up 50% over the past couple years....... It is one of the most diverse and socially mixed areas in Oakland, but I am worried about gentrification....a fancy liquor store opened last week)
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:49 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Lots of great examples of town squares throughout the country.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:05 PM
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I know some links to it were posted earlier, but I ant to mention it again.

Rice Park in St. Paul (even though it is a park) is a really good example of a "town square." It is bounded on the north side by the Landmark Center, an ornate buildings that used to be a Post Office/Courthouse/Custom House for Minnesota, on the south side by the St. Paul Central Library, also an old building (marble), on the west side by the Orpheum Center for the Performing arts, and on the east side by the St. Paul hotel (historic) and a condo building. In the winter it is covered in Christmas lights. It was the site of the ceremony of the opening of the Northern Pacific Railroad, attended by Chester A. Arthur, Ulysses S. Grant, and William Tecumseh Sherman. It was also named one of the "Great Places in America" by the American Planning Association. (I'm practically quoting Wikipedia here, but I knew some of that already, don't worry ).

Rice Park Wins Award | St. Paul Real Estate Blog


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Old 04-03-2014, 08:45 PM
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Originally Posted by Bslette View Post
They have a couple food trucks park their during the summer, cool place.

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Old 04-03-2014, 09:13 PM
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This is the location of a variety of festivals, as well as the location of a Christmas Tree lighting and is an ice skating rink in the winter: http://www.syracuse.ny.us/parks/clin...areevents.html

It was once where the Erie Canal ran through the city. Hence, the current configuration with water. Onondaga County Postcards Clinton Square

and a streetview:

There are these squares too: Armory Square Park | Syracuse NY
Armory Square - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hanover Square, Syracuse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Franklin Square, Syracuse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:17 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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Originally Posted by chirack View Post
Eweh and UGH! Too much concrete and barrenness for my tastes. I prefer grass and parks. Who wants to gather in what looks like an parking lot.
I'm more used to the town square being grass, trees, sidewalks, benches and tables, fountains, etc. as well. They're certainly more aesthetic and comfortable than an acre of unbroken pavement.

Perry Square in Erie, Pa., home to a variety of street fairs and festivals:


Veterans Square in Painesville, Ohio - although it's more of a town rectangle, with one end rounded off. You can't see much of the park because there are so many people gathered there:


Dave Hall Plaza in Dayton, home to some pretty awesome music festivals:


Originally Posted by urbanlife78 View Post
That is called a town square, what you are wanting is called a "park." Town Squares and Parks are not the same thing.
I see the definition of a town square as a central gathering place. A park can be a town square if that's what the town in question calls it. Who are you do decide what a town calls its features?

Originally Posted by phatty5011 View Post
Rittenhouse Square is pretty awesome!
It is. But it has grass. Oh, the horror!
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:29 PM
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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Originally Posted by Katiana View Post
^^Agreed! Europeans are too hung up on concrete/bricks.
Too much landscaping might make the place unflexible and make it difficult to accomodate festivals, events, etc. I think every type has their purpose. The more open space for events/festivals, areas with little paving for parks that are meant mostly to satisfy people's desire for greenery and peace and quiet. And you can have something in between, where you get landscaping but also design it so that it can accomodate decent amounts of people for people watching, hanging out and meeting up, without the ground being trampled to mud (maybe have the landscaping in raised beds or fenced off and the rest paved?).

This is my collegetown's town square.

Typical winter scene, they'll put in a small skating rink. Makes sense, since people don't really want to sit around there in the winter, and it would otherwise be pretty deserted. It gets decent use, this winter had people skating there every day and from the morning into the evening, you'd still have people around 9-10pm skating. Toronto's square at city hall is the same, they turn the basin with fountains into a skating rink in the winter. I think the same is true for one of the squares in Toronto's waterfront.

In the summer, there will often be events of various sorts.

Usually in the summer if there's no particular event, it's not crowded, but you'll still have a few people out and about.

You can see that since the last picture was taken, the Shoppers Drug Mart has since moved to the other side of the downtown mini-mall to make room for Beertown, which is a restaurant/pub with a patio along the square.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:32 PM
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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Originally Posted by urbanlife78 View Post
I have never heard that term before, based on your response I can only assume it means people who live in their house and never leaves because everything they need is in their home.
Or maybe he means living like this?

Which is kind of like

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Old 04-03-2014, 10:52 PM
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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My university also have some squares/public rooms/greens. One of the more popular ones is this one.
^That seems to have been from just the last week or two based on the amount of snow. Anyways, not the right conditions for many people to be hanging out, and from the looks of it, taken on a weekend (otherwise there'd be more people walking through). But it's a safe bet that there will be tons of students there hanging out and eating lunch (that building has a cafeteria) on the first warm day of spring.

A lot of the "public rooms" are actually inside buildings, in atriums, which most buildings have.

This one has the engineering/science library and is also next to the main bus stop, so a lot of people wait for the bus inside (especially when it's cold or dark). The same is true for the downtown mall btw, there's a main bus stop next to the downtown square.

This is the town square in my hometown.


Looks pretty nice there, that's typical for the summertime though, there's several cafes, ice cream shops, restaurants with patios facing the square.

There's another streetview from April when it was less busy (weather's not so nice, so not surprising).

There's second square more at the edge of downtown which doesn't get as much use. I guess it's more like the peace and quiet type.

They recently built another square inspired by the second square in another part of town.

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