There’s something special about having an authentic, real center of your community: a Main Street, a plaza or piazza, a town square or village four corners. I mean a real community center, a place like Broadway in Saratoga Springs, Fountain Square in Cincinnati, Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall or Santa Fe’s downtown plaza. All of these places are special and are regarded by their residents as their social, heritage and emotional community centers. These are places where their community celebrations must happen. Residents celebrate and pay tribute to others in them. People come to such places to mourn, protest and bare their emotions. When these communities show themselves off to the world, their downtowns are the places they feature and the postcards they create. 

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