Piazza Navona has all the qualities that a great square should have.
When asked, "What is the greatest square in the world?", many would say Piazza Navona. Why? Because it has all the qualities that a great square should have: major attractions, such as BerniniÍs great fountain; excellent programming (including one of the worldÍs best Christmas markets); lively uses at the edges; and a design so flexible it is filled with people even at night and in the dead of winter.
*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.”