- Wards Corner - the Market

Key messages

  • Successful public spaces rely on people using them: "People make places, more than places make people".
  • There is clear evidence of the importance of public spaces in successful regeneration policies and for creating sustainable communities.
  • Spaces that successfully attract social activity are often banal in design, or untidy in their activities - such as street markets and allotments. Designers need to be responsive to the use of public spaces, not just aesthetics.
  • Strategies to solve anti-social behaviour by moving it elsewhere are likely to be ineffective and risk worsening local tensions.
  • Public spaces should be inclusive, provide opportunities for exchange and give users the ability to shape what happens there.
  • It is important that local people are consulted about what they want from the public spaces in their communities if these places are to deliver their full promise.