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Public plazas transform underutilized areas of the street into vibrant social spaces for surrounding residents and businesses. They are a result of successful partnerships between the city and a neighborhood group or business association. The city offers the land, while the partners maintain, oversee, and program the space. Plazas energize surrounding streets and public spaces, creating foot traffic that can boost business and invigorate street life.1
1 New York City Department of Transportation. Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets (New York, NY: NYC DOT, 2012).
Adapted by Global Street Design Guide published by Island Press.