A NEW GUIDE TO BALANCING MOBILITY AND HUMANITY ON MAIN STREET
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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.

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Rynek Glowny - Main Square

Krakow

Poland

Contributed by 
Lennart Sobiecki
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
May 19, 2017
January 3, 2018

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Rynek Glowny is the Main Square in the historical city of Krakow, Poland. Accessible from every direction via 11 streets and two passages,  Main Square is useful for every inhabitant of the city and it is also Krakow's  main tourist attraction.

The first impression of this public space is fantastic. You can sit there on the benches and in the cafés which are located on the sides of the square. There is regular maintenance. The police station, which is located here, is responsible for safety of the visitors. There is no access for vehicles. All areas of the space can be used by anyone. Visitors can spend time shopping or in one of the many cafés located on different floors of buildings, and outdoors in warmer seasons. Many events take place on the Main Square each year, and there  are several museums, university facilities, churches, theaters, cinemas, galleries, clubs and some important public facilities within the walking distance from the Main Square. Due to the multiplicity of uses of this space, it is attractive to all social groups, and it is an important element of local pride.

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Rynek Glowny - Main Square
Rynek Glowny - Main Square
Rynek Glowny - Main Square
Rynek Glowny - Main Square
Rynek Glowny - Main Square
Rynek Glowny - Main Square
Rynek Glowny - Main Square
Rynek Glowny - Main Square

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