100 Great Public Spaces

Thanks to Richard Lyman–my favorite blogger on the topic–for posting the Project for Public Spaces’ crowd sourced best public places in the U.S. and Canada.

Seattle contributes Cal Anderson Park to the list (I once lived two blocks from it), but Olympia’s Percival Landing didn’t make the cut.

I guess we have our work cut out for us, eh?

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5 Responses to 100 Great Public Spaces

  1. Neither did Capitol Lake or the campus. Crapadoodle!

  2. Nothing a bit of planning, processing, debating, delegating, consulting, researching, reconsidering, voting and meeting over can’t fix. As long as we don’t have to do anything.

  3. Mark Derricott says:


    Mathias, shall we call that exceptionoly?

  4. Rob Richards says:

    Mathias’ pervasive negativity aside…

    I think we’re quickly moving toward a mindset in Olympia where people will start demanding places like these. Percival Landing and Heritage Park are a thousand housing units away from being on this list. The problem in our design to date, I believe, is that we’ve considered downtown a destination, not a neighborhood – so, we’ve neglected amenities and just built attractions – making our places ones that you visit, but can’t live near, so aren’t real public spaces, as defined by this list. That housing component is the missing piece, the list didn’t touch on housing, but being familiar with Cal Anderson park, I know that there is a lot of housing around it, as well as a mix of retail, restaurants, commercial on Broadway.

  5. Mark Derricott says:

    I agree with your analysis, Rob, but I fall back on my oft-uttered maxims: 1.) Who is going to live in the housing units? and, 2.) Who is going to build them to sell at a price point competitive with our already existing and plentiful housing stock?

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