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Learn the attributes of a successful open space

The Warriors Arena proposal contains a very large plaza and open space. It would be a shame if the plazas do not invite use by our community.  To help us learn a little bit about what makes open spaces more attractive, I want to share the following video…

William H. Whyte: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces – The Street Corner from MAS on Vimeo.

Small fragment of William H. Whyte’s witty and original film about the open spaces of cities and why some of them work for people while others do not.

 

Here’s an example from One Market’s Mission Street plaza of how to be an awful neighbor (notice the plaza’s benches are folded up and padlocked on the weekends):

 

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