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What is Public Space?

 , April 30, 2016 updated on September 20, 2017
Public space is an area that is open and accessible to people. Common examples include roads, paths, sidewalks, parks, public squares, natural areas, beaches and public buildings such as libraries.
Ample public space is considered essential to the quality of life and economy of a city. Public space may include places for personal solace, companionship, family and community. It is essential to freedom of movement.
Overview: Public Space
TypeUrban Design
DefinitionAn area that is open and accessible to the public.
ValueFreedom of movement
Stimulates economic activity
Creates spaces for social activities and improves quality of life.
Related ConceptsQuality of Life
Urban Design


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