Public spaces help to define a city. They are key components of our sense of place. Successful public spaces invite us to view our surroundings in a fresh light. They are magnets for people and encourage us to develop a mutual appreciation of our community. Less successful spaces, even if designed with good intent, may lie dormant because they lack accessibility or allure. Collectively they say much about a city’s strength and vitality and also about how or whether they inspire us to celebrate who we are. At their best, they defy division; their very openness draws us together.