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    Favorite examples of romantic place-making

    Does anyone have favorite examples of place-making (for the public and/or private realms) that have produced or that will produce unique, imaginative, and walkable environments that are one-of-a-kind and theatrical?

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    Romantic, unique, imaginative, walkable, one-of-a-kind and theatrical? Without a doubt, Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. The world's first lifestyle center, and a development that is perfectly integrated into that city's urban fabric. Developments that have tried to copy CCP, like Mizner Park in Boca Raton, don't even come close.
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    fine... i will play...

    At&t park/SOMA/South Beach Neighborhood revitalization. The stadium really began the anchor of this pedestrian friendly, transit oriented neighborhood that once was home to a lot of docks and industry.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_o..._San_Francisco
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    CityPlace in West Palm Beach, FL (with all seriousness).. in the category of a late-20th century U.S. example of urban revitalization.

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    The best one that comes to my mind is the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy:
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    wiki page

    It is actually Romantic and walkable and interesting and on-of-a-kind.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Any major league baseball stadium (Fenway Park, e.g.)

    Many golf courses

    Any National Park

    Any well kept beach (e.g. Revere Beach, Massachusetts, first public beach)

    Galveston (except during hurricanes) $$$$$ if u wish to stay

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    Not sure if you are talking about 'modern' places or more historic places, but this is one of my favorites from my travels:

    Merida, Yucatan, Mexico Central Square (see attachment)

    It is a wonderful, lively square that is beautiful, but still with some great grittiness and interesting street activities--it feels like you are in Spain. My wife and I spent half a day just around the square. One of my favorite features were the conversation chairs placed around the square--I now have a goal to include those when/if I get an opportunity to do some design work on my city's main plaza. It is a really little, minor thing, but it creates a very intimate, romantic opportunity for conversation.
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    dunno about the best example of romantic place-making, but this one has to be an example of the worst.

    I stumbled on this on an article about property markets.

    http://ei.marketwatch.com/Multimedia...e-002128049ad6

    The ugliest new house in America (fairy tale romantic edition)! What's with the wrought iron gate 6 feet in front of the garage, that appears to be protecting only the garage? Yours for $3 million.
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    Rome, Paris..ohh I love to walk around in the evenings in Rome. So so very romantic!!!

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    Venice. The one in Italy. It may be the single most romantic place on the planet.

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    Quote Originally posted by Gotta Speakup View post
    Venice. The one in Italy. It may be the single most romantic place on the planet.
    If one ignores being eaten alive by mosquitos.

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    Quote Originally posted by Cismontane View post
    If one ignores being eaten alive by mosquitos.
    and the bad food.

    But then, isn't love supposed to hurt? (that's probably for a different thread)

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    Just walked there last week. Eureka Springs Ar.
    The town caters to those who want destination weddings.
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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