About two years ago on the Urbanplanet.org site (which was the primordial soup from which Greater City Providence emerged and was born) I posted about trying to maintain a list of all of the public Squares in the city. The goal was to use such a list as a tool to promote branding of those neighborhoods. The city of Minneapolis, for example, has long latched onto the idea of giving their public spaces and neighborhoods strong branding to strengthen their city’s sense of place, identity, and retail activity.
One of the last posts in that old thread was Matt’s suggestion that I put the Squares on a google map. Well, inspired by the work we’re doing to reboot Providence Station as Station Square (Part I here, Part II coming soon), that’s what I’ve now done. This map is right now very basic, just with the square name and location. With all of your help, I’d love to fill in details of history, activity, future plans, photos, etc.
There are many controversial squares I left out. Examples are Franklin Square, which is really now a historical curiosity with the 195 changes, and Randall/Moshassuck, which I’m not really sure exists anymore in recognizable form despite buildings present carrying those labels. Others do exist, but I’m not sure their names are in wide enough use to justify listing (Eagle Park Square, Odd Fellows Square, etc…).
I’d love help and feedback. Let me know in the comments section!