- 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.
Today, we nominate a fifth public space--the relatively new Foss Amphitheater (like last week's nomination, it officially has no name) down on the Thea Foss Waterway near Albers Mill. Looks like a great place to eat and enjoy the sun, hold a concert, etc. It's managed by the Thea Foss Owners Association, which would love to have more folks use it.
Of course, there's lots more to see and do on Tacoma's urban waterfront; Thea's Park and the plaza in front of the Museum of Glass are just two of the other spots open now. And more public space is coming, like the 15th St. Corridor that will be redeveloped in conjunction with the new condo project.