A special neighborhood square with a market and independent restaurants.
Since the over design and resulting decline of Kungstagarden, this has perhaps become Stockholm's best square. Anchored by a beautiful market hall (Saluhallen), this square is a neighborhood destination. A flexible space, the uses on the square are responsive to the neighborhood and the changing seasons.
Three different restaurants serve different clientele and expand and contract depending on the weather. A covered market area draws regular activity and complements that gourmet food of the Saluhallen with plants and crafts. The provocative public art is a good place to meet people, watch people, or be the entertainment.
The center of a neighborhood.
A quiet and comfortable place to be.
Not a busy or noisy square, there is still something to attract most anyone.
Tourists, lovers, shoppers, neigherhood residents, young and old can all be seen here throughout the day.
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.
Many great public spaces have grown out of communities resisting development. It is the evolution from opposition to proactive visioning - helping to create, finance, and manage public spaces - that often makes the opposition successful. Congress Square, and the community around it, are forging this story of transformation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio caused quite a stir around New York City yesterday as he floated the idea of tearing up the pedestrian plaza in Times Square. This statement was the culmination of several days of debate centered around predatory panhandling and the square’s growing number of “street performers.”