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Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit that supports the development of community-friendly places, has compiled a list of 60 of their favorite public gathering spots around the world. The intro to the list waxes a bit epically, hinting at “the places we remember most vividly, the places where serendipitous things happen, the places we tell stories about.”

Among the selected places:

Grandville, Vancouver: an industrial wasteland revived by parks, arts centres and a fabulous public market. 

Le Plateau Mont Royal: a  quaint working-class quarter transformed into the artistic and cultural hotbed of Quebec.

Les Jardins du Luxembourg, Paris: a small square with so much to do—the gold standard by which to measure all urban parks.

Pearl District, Portland, Oregon: an almost new neighborhood on vacant land downtown that shows we can still build great neighborhoods.

Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysie: the bustling heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown.

Imam Square, Isfahan Iran: one of the most breathtaking squares in the world.


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The editor of L'Encyclopédie de L'Agora and well known newspaper chronicler and philosopher, analyses actuality through the looking glass of Belonging.
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