It's probably obvious that Pacific Plaza (or Tollefson Plaza, as Mayor Baarsma may have us calling it) should be one of our ten great downtown places. But what are the other nine? We're going to suggest one more today and one each Friday for the next eight weeks, and we encourage your comments for or against each suggestion (or suggest some place we don't)...
First, here are some criteria for selecting the ten great spaces. In evaluating thousands of public spaces around the world, PPS has found that successful ones have four key qualities:
- They are accessible;
- People are engaged in activities there;
- The space is comfortable and has a good image;
- It is a sociable place--one where people meet each other and take people when they come to visit.
Now, here's our suggestion for the second great space downtown: Theater Square. First created in the 1980s to cover the downtown bus turnaround, this public space is a mecca for key public gatherings and hosts the Broadway Farmers Market every Thursday during the warmer months.