10 Great American Public Spaces

Courtesy of Rick Urwin

The most inspiring public spots in the U.S., according to the American Planning Association.

Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, VT

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What the APA Says: It’s a winner “not only for the historic buildings, thriving retail trade, and carefully maintained streets and walkways,” but also because of its “strong community support.”

Why They’re Right: While the advent of the indoor shopping mall in the 1970’s meant the death of most pedestrian malls, this one—established in 1981—still buzzes with activity. Burlington’s anti-establishment politics and its passionate embrace of cold weather contribute to the success of the four-block-long, brick-paved mall of Victorian, Art Deco, and modern buildings. Church Street Marketplace draws crowds year-round not only for the shops and restaurants, but also through cultural programming, street performers, festivals, art exhibits, concerts, and seasonal celebrations.

10 Great American Public Spaces

Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, VT

What the APA Says: It’s a winner “not only for the historic buildings, thriving retail trade, and carefully maintained streets and walkways,” but also because of its “strong community support.”

Why They’re Right: While the advent of the indoor shopping mall in the 1970’s meant the death of most pedestrian malls, this one—established in 1981—still buzzes with activity. Burlington’s anti-establishment politics and its passionate embrace of cold weather contribute to the success of the four-block-long, brick-paved mall of Victorian, Art Deco, and modern buildings. Church Street Marketplace draws crowds year-round not only for the shops and restaurants, but also through cultural programming, street performers, festivals, art exhibits, concerts, and seasonal celebrations.

Courtesy of Rick Urwin
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