The American Planning Association has named Mellon Square one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2008 as part of the association's Great Places in America program, launched last year.
"The square is iconic not only for its design and character, but for the way it was planned and the role it played in spurring revitalization and private investment in Downtown Pittsburgh," said APA Executive Director Paul Farmer, a former Pittsburgh city planner.
"Mellon Square exemplifies our industrial heritage, our public-private partnerships that reflect our community pride, and our historic architecture in the context of the Golden Triangle where the city was born," said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
Also included on this year's list are Central Park, New York City; Union Station, Washington, D.C.; Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, Vt.; Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Ore.; Santa Monica Beach, Calif.; Waterfront Park, Charleston, S.C.; Waterplace Park, Providence, R.I.; West Side Market, Cleveland; and Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, Prescott, Ariz.
The program, designed to call attention to what Mr. Farmer called "shining examples of planning at its best," also includes lists of 10 Great Streets and 10 Great Neighborhoods.