Europe has better public squares than the United States. The photos here are of Gibraltar. It is a cold grey day but the square still has public life and vitality.
Part of their success is density and walkability. Driving anywhere is a hassle, so people walk. Although the building below is a parking deck next to the square with residential above and a retail shopping center below. So people can easily drive to the center.
A cannon above mounted in the square as a historical monument / point of interest.
My wife Beth happily shopping in the square.
So what is required to develop a great public square?
- A central plaza - not too big
- Surrounded by pubs, restaurants, shops
- High density
- Activity and People
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