We value Public spaces that are both creative and functional.
We recognize the importance of public space, encourage their vibrant use and gauge our commitment to our community by the amount of attention and love we show to our public spaces.
We make the connection between the efforts to meticulously furnish, clean and improve our private spaces in the same way that our public spaces deserve equal devotion as the largest manifestation of what we present and offer as a community. We believe that how we continue to build new public spaces and maintain the ones we have in our public realm must be done in tandem with what we do privately to ensure that we are moving forward as a community.
We identify public spaces as our parks, civic institutions, cultural resources and our largest public space assets, our streets and sidewalks. Public spaces are where we gather for social interaction and to find a sense of community. Our public realm is where we gather to learn and escape, celebrate and mourn. Our public space reflects our investment in ourselves and sets the tone for what our community and its residents deserve and expect from civic investment.
Our community can move forward by providing a better quality of life for our residents and visitors through responsible investment in our public spaces that allows for more efficient use of our civic investment if we encourage the following principles.
Public spaces should:
Project for Public Spaces: http://www.pps.org/
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody only because, and only when they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs
“It takes a place to create a community and a community to create a place.” – Fred Kent