Major Progress for Pershing Square

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT

Councilmember Huizar: Rick Coca (213) 200-9974 rick.coca@lacity.org
Pershing Square Renew: Marie Condron (213) 925-9605 mlcondron@gmail.com
Recreation & Parks Dept.: Rose Watson rose.watson@lacity.org

$1.5 Million Awarded to Advance Review Process for Pershing Square
Councilmember Huizar, Pershing Square Renew & Department of Recreation and Parks applaud major step in moving forward with implementing Agence Ter’s ‘Radical Flatness’ design

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2017) — The City of Los Angeles’ Board of Public Works voted Monday to approve $1.5 million to fund critical feasibility analysis for Agence Ter’s winning Pershing Square Renew design to revitalize the City’s oldest open space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

The $1.5 million contract for this initial phase will allow Paris-based Agence Ter and their Los Angeles contractor, Gruen Associates, to conduct a feasibility analysis for the implementation of the team’s concept for the square. Councilmember José Huizar, who spearheaded the effort to reinvent Pershing Square, the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks, and Pershing Square Renew – the public-private coalition of community stakeholders leading Pershing Square’s transformation – all applaud today’s news.

“Today’s vote represents a critical step forward in our effort to remake Pershing Square into a dynamic and accessible Downtown Los Angeles centerpiece for all Angelenos and visitors to enjoy,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “In the days and months ahead, this analysis will give us the details we need to meet our Pershing Square Renew goals.”

“We believe Agence Ter’s design is an elegantly simple solution to host the community’s expressed programs and activities of interest,” said Eduardo Santana, executive director of Pershing Square Renew. “We are excited by the city’s commitment to advance the project, which is sure to result in Pershing Square reclaiming its place as a prominent destination, and we’re grateful to Councilmember Huizar for his leadership.”

The City of Los Angeles is committed to fully funding all Pershing Square design costs, which will be determined by Agence Ter’s analysis. As part of his commitment to this project, Councilmember Huizar has worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to commit $2.5 million in Quimby development interest fees to fund the initial design planning phase, including the $1.5 million approved Monday. Additionally, Huizar has worked to ensure $1 million in design funds have been committed by developers through their TFAR community benefit payments to the City. With the robust development in Downtown Los Angeles, additional TFAR and Quimby funds are expected to be available in the future.

“The Department of Recreation and Parks is eager to begin moving forward with this revitalization project that will breathe new life into Pershing Square, one of our oldest green spaces in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles,” said Michael Shull, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. “The funding secured through Quimby development interest fees is a critical step that was necessary to start the process of reimagining this beautiful green oasis for the community and visitors to enjoy once the project is completed.”

Specific scope to be studied in this initial phase of analysis includes identifying the deficiencies in the current Pershing Square and garage (i.e. seismic conditions, fire-life safety components, etc.), determining the challenges faced in executing the design scheme, developing a strategy to address these challenges, a project design and construction budget, and a phasing plan to allow for implementation of the project.

Pershing Square Renew is the non-profit created to work with the City and Councilmember Huizar to drive the re-design of Pershing Square, the five-acre urban park in the heart of Los Angeles. Pershing Square Renew organized and ran the global design competition to reimagine the park, and is working to secure a mix of public and private funding for the park construction. The community-led project has been working with the City of Los Angeles to advance the redesign process, has launched fundraising efforts with the private sector, and is partnering with the City to support and enhance placemaking and programming activities at the current Pershing Square.

Agence Ter’s winning design seeks to bring all four sides of the park level to the street and allow for a pedestrian friendly experience in and around the square. The park currently sits on top of a parking garage. The new design will require removing the top of the parking garage and lowering the roof so that the park can be level with the street.

A Los Angeles-based team of architects, landscape designers and planners recruited Paris-based Agence Ter as their lead in the design competition. The full team includes:

  • SALT Landscape Architects
  • Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning
  • Kelly Shannon – RUA, Landscape Urbanism
  • Community Arts Resources LA, Urban Programming
  • Rachel Allen Architecture
  • Pentagram, Branding
  • Still Room, Wayfinding and Graphic Design
  • Leo Villareal, Light Artist
  • Fehr & Peers, Transportation Consultants
  • KPFF, Structural / Civil Engineers
  • M-E Engineering, Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing Engineers
  • Lighting Design Alliance, Architectural Lighting Design
  • Gruen Associates

In the coming months, the Agence Ter team will prepare a report for the City that will highlight the various challenges and outline next steps. At that time, the City will execute the full design contract and begin the environmental process. Once the feasibility analysis has been completed, Councilmember Huizar and the City will host community meetings with Pershing Square Renew to solicit feedback and refine the design with the public’s input.

Located in the heart of L.A., Pershing Square is the City of Los Angeles’ oldest park, dedicated in 1866 by Mayor Cristobal Aguilar as “La Plaza Abaja” (“the Lower Plaza”). Pershing Square has been redesigned and renamed multiple times since its inception, including design overhauls in the 1950s and early 1990s. The square covers an entire city block adjacent to LA’s Historic Core, Jewelry District, Bunker Hill and Civic Center, as well as a major transit station.

In September 2015, the Los Angeles City Council adopted Councilmember Huizar’s legislation to create a public-private partnership to reimagine Pershing Square and work with Pershing Square Renew, a non-profit partner, which came out of a task force created by Huizar in 2013.

Once the international design competition was announced, Pershing Square Renew received more than 80 letters of interests from design firms throughout the world and more than 50 submittals of qualifications. From that pool, 10 semifinalists were selected in October 2015, four finalists in December 2015, and one winner selected in May 2016.

The proposal from Paris-based Agence Ter drew the highest scores from the 1,355 members of the public who weighed in on the four finalists and was the unanimous first choice of the Pershing Square Renew jury.

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In the news: Announcement of Pershing Square Design Competition Winner

Front page of the L.A. Times

“Radical or not, flat, green, open and shaded places for people to gather are precisely what we need more of in Los Angeles… Let me go on record, then, as supporting it: In a city as lacking in attractive and accessible park space as Los Angeles the last place we should be banning lawns is in the civic realm.” — Christopher Hawthorne of Los Angeles Times

“The winning scheme, if built and ultimately successful, would cement Downtown L.A.’s status as one of the city’s distinct and vital neighborhoods.” —The Architect’s Newspaper

“There is something that is wonderfully kind of clear about it, and it is elegant.”  –Frances Anderton, host of DnA: Design & Architecture on KCRW

“This plan comes closest to realizing the holy grail of good public squares, which is providing people a place to stage their own programs, spontaneously and unpredictably, without micromanagement by designers.” –Wade Graham in Los Angeles Times

“If we can support rich guys who want to show off their art collections, we can certainly get this cash together to make L.A.’s original park vibrant for the people again.” –Dennis Romero of LA Weekly

– Airtalk on 89.3 KPCC
City Councilmember weighs in on design choice for Pershing Square, and how homelessness will factor into its remodel,”
featuring José Huizar, May 13

– Arch Daily
Agence Ter Selected to Redesign LA’s Pershing Square with Proposal for “Radical Flatness”,”
by Vladimir Gintoff, May 13

– Attractions Management
Agence Ter win international design competition for revamped public park in LA’s Pershing Square,”
by Kim Megson, May 13

– Los Angeles Times
Op-Ed: “Pershing Square’s new design is flat and simple – and that’s a good thing,”
by Wade Graham, May 13

– Next City
Why Winning Park Design Is a Win for Los Angeles,”
by Josh Stephens, May 13

– Press Play with Madeline Brand on 89.9 KCRW
The New Vision for Downtown’s Pershing Square,”
featuring Frances Anderton, May 13

– Archinect
Agence Ter and Team wins Pershing Square Renew with “radically flat“ proposal,”
by Justine Testado, May 12

– Curbed
Here is the New Design For Hated Pershing Square,”
by Bianca Barragan, May 12

– KABC7
French Architecture Firm Wins Pershing Square Design Competition,”
by John Gregory, May 12

– KCRW
Agence TER and SALT Win Competition to Redesign Pershing Square,”
by Frances Anderton, May 12

– LA Downtown NewsFrench Firm Chosen to Redesign Pershing Square,”
by Eddie Kim, May 12

– LA Weekly
Radical” Design Envisions DTLA’s Pershing Square as an Actual Park,”
by Dennis Romero, May 12

– LAist
The Winning Bid For Downtown’s Pershing Square Has Been Chosen,”
by Julia Wick, May 12

– Los Angeles Times
French landscape firm wins Pershing Square competition with call for ‘radical flatness’,”
by Christopher Hawthorne, May 12

– Los Angeles Times
Pershing Square through the years,”
May 12

– Los Angeles Times Photo-Slider:
Pershing Square, Then and Now,”
May 12

– Los Angeles Times
From the Archives: “Pershing Square’s 1994 redesign concept was aiming for ‘humane’ and ‘romantic’,”
by Larry Gordon, May 12 (originally published Jan. 29, 1994)

– MyNewsLA.com
Pershing Square’s new look? ‘Radical flatness’,”
by Hillary Jackson, May 12

– Patch
Panel Chooses French Designer’s ‘Radical Flatness’ for Pershing Square,”
by Paige Austin, May 12

– Take Two on 89.3 KPCC
Agence Ter picked to redesign Pershing Square,”
featuring Christopher Hawthorne, May 12

– The Architect’s Newspaper
Agence Ter selected to redesign L.A.’s Pershing Square,”
by Antonio Pacheco, May 12

– The Real Deal
French firm Agence Ter chosen to redesign Pershing Square,”
by Cathaleen Chen & Katherine Clarke, May 12

– Time Out Los Angeles
Take a look at the winning redesign for Pershing Square,”
by Michael Juliano, May 12

– WorldLandscapeArchitect.com
Agence Ter and Team win the Pershing Square design competition,”
by Damian Holmes, May 16

– bustler.net
Agence Ter and Team wins Pershing Square Renew to redesign DTLA’s oldest public park,”
by Justine Testado, May 12

– WorldArchitectureNews.com
Winner of LA’s Pershing Square competition announced,”
by Nick Myall, May 13

Pershing Square Renew is in the news:

– The Architects Newspaper
Here’s a First Look at the Finalists Vying to Redesign Downtown LA’s Pershing Square
by Antonio Pacheco, Apr. 28

– The Atlantic CityLab
What Should L.A.’s Central Park Look Like?
by Kriston Capps, Apr. 28

– Curbed LA
Here Are the 4 Proposals For Redesigning Much-Hated Pershing Square
by Bianca Barragan, Apr. 28

– designboom
design teams including morphosis and wHY re-envision downtown LA’s pershing square
by Philip Stevens, Apr. 28

– Dezeen
 “Four competing designs unveiled for Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles
by Eddie Kim, Apr. 28

– KCRW
Interview on All Things Considered with Frances Anderton
Apr. 28

– KCRW Design & Architecture Blog
How Should Pershing Square Be Renewed?
by Frances Anderton, Apr. 28

– KCRW DnA: Design & Architecture
Pershing Square Renewed?
by Frances Anderson, Apr. 27

– KPCC
Vote on the 4 finalists for the Pershing Square redesign (Poll)”
by Christian Brown, Apr. 28

– LA Downtown News
Four Final Designs for Pershing Square
by Eddie Kim, Apr. 28

– LAist
Photos: These Design Finalists Show The Pershing Square Of The Future
by Danny Jensen, Apr. 28

– Los Angeles Times
Pershing Square redesign: New renderings of the four finalists
by Jessica Gelt, Apr. 28

– Los Angeles Times
Pershing Square is an urban planning nightmare. Let’s redesign and get it right this time
Op-Ed by Fred Kent, Apr. 28

– Next City
4 Finalist Designs Revealed for Big Overhaul of L.A. Square
by Jen Kinney, Apr. 29

– The Real Deal
Pershing Square in DTLA is getting one of these four looks
Apr. 28

MEDIA ADVISORY for APRIL 28, 2016

Contacts:

Pershing Square Renew: Josh Kamensky, (323) 326-7438joshkamensky@gmail.com
Councilmember Jose Huizar: Rick Coca, (213) 200-9974rick.coca@lacity.org

PERSHING SQUARE DESIGN FINALISTS TO PRESENT COMPETING VISIONS AT “REIMAGINE THE HEART OF LOS ANGELES”

Downtown event will feature first-time unveiling of the finalists’ proposals for a new Pershing Square

WHERE: The Downtown Palace Theater, 630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

WHEN: MEDIA PREVIEW – 10:30 am, Thursday, April 28, 2016
Media welcome at evening presentation at 6:30 pm, same location. RSVP requested.

WHOCouncilmember Jose Huizar (invited)

Eduardo Santana, Pershing Square Renew
Four finalists of the Pershing Square Renew global design competition:
SWA | Morphosis
James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & Partners
Agence TER and Team
wHY + Civitas
RSVP: Josh Kamensky, joshkamensky@gmail.com323 326 7438

EMBARGO: All reporting from this media preview under embargo until 6:30 pm April 28th
 
WHAT:   The international competition to re-imagine a 150-year-old public park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles will build to an exciting crescendo on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Members of the media are invited to an exclusive preview event at Downtown’s historic Palace Theater at 10:30 am, where the four finalists will showcase their designs and answer questions.

“Pershing Square’s revitalization is the missing puzzle piece for the revitalization of Downtown,” said Eduardo Santana, Executive Director of Pershing Square Renew, “and one of these four world-class teams has found that missing piece.”

“If we’re going to have an active and dynamic public space at Pershing Square, we need robust public engagement on how we get there,” said Councilmember José Huizar, who championed the creation of Pershing Square Renew.

The four finalists are:

The “Local Force”: SWA | Morphosis Both of these firms are based in Downtown LA and well represented throughout Southern California, as well as nationally and internationally. See their previously submitted proposal.
The “Landscape Starchitect”: James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & Partners. New York’s James Corner is responsible for Manhattan’s High Line, arguably the greatest new public park of the millennium, as well as Santa Monica’s Tongva Park. See their previously submitted proposal.
The “Globetrotters”: Agence TER and Team. Paris-based Agence TER’s landscapes dot Europe and have reached the Middle East and French Guyana. See their previously submitted proposal.
The “Wild Card”: wHY with Civitas. Located in Culver City, relative newcomers wHY, partnered with Denver’s well-known Civitas Landscape Architecture group, offered a creative approach that intrigued the jury at every level of the competition. See their previously submitted proposal.
Pershing Square, the public park that covers an entire city block adjacent to LA’s Historic Core, Jewelry District, Bunker Hill and Civic Center, as well as a major transit station, has seen multiple incarnations, the most recent an overhaul dating back to the early 1990s. In September 2015, Councilmember Huizar spurred the creation of Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership to overhaul and re-envision the five-acre park that emerged from the Councilmember’s broad vision for a revitalized Downtown LA.

The four finalists have been developing their proposals since they were selected from a semi-finalist round of ten in December 2015. Following the April 28 events, the Pershing Square Renew jury will deliberate, leading to the final selection of a design team in May 2016.

The Pershing Square Renew jury consists of:

Janet Marie Smith (Jury Chair), SVP, Planning and Development, Los Angeles Dodgers
José Huizar, Councilmember, 14th District, City of Los Angeles
Donna Bojarsky, Founder and President, Future of Cities: Leading in LA
Simon Ha, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and Downtown LA Resident
Mary McCue, Founder, MJM Management Group
Rick Poulos, Principal, NBBJ
Janet Rosenberg, Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & Studio
Michael Shull, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks,
Michael Woo, Dean, Cal Poly Pomona, School of Environmental Design
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About Pershing Square Renew

Pershing Square Renew, Inc. is a non-profit public benefit corporation created to drive the re-design of Pershing Square, a five-acre urban park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Street to the west, Pershing Square has been a popular gathering place since 1866. The effort to re-envision historic Pershing Square is led by Councilmember José Huizar, the Department of Recreation and Parks, MacFarlane Partners, and other Downtown leaders.  In Sept. 2015, an international design competition was launched. For more information, visit: www.pershingsquarenew.com

About Councilmember José Huizar

Councilmember Huizar is a staunch advocate for the DTLA community, ushering in billions of dollars of investment to the area, creating initiatives like Bringing Back Broadway and DTLA Forward, and partnering with the County to create C-3, which builds off the success of homeless outreach Huizar has led to assist homeless individuals in Skid Row. He helped bring hundreds of acres of open space, new parks and park upgrades to park-poor areas of his district and is one of the City’s leading “Complete Streets” proponents, helping usher in Mobility 2035, DTLA Bikeshare and groundbreaking pedestrian and bike-friendly policies that are seen as the model for the entire City.

PERSHING SQUARE: THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

PSR_SW-1As Designers Prepare to Present Visions, Southwest Airlines “Heart of the Community” Grant Fuels Effort to Re-Imagine Park As Downtown’s Hub of Innovation, Connection

Los Angeles (April 13, 2016) – Today, Pershing Square Renew, Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) and Project for Public Spaces announced a joint initiative that will bring community-based placemaking efforts to Pershing Square, LA’s oldest and most revered public park. Located adjacent to Downtown LA’s Historic Core, Jewelry District, Bunker Hill and Civic Center the park covers an entire city block and hosts farmer’s markets, concerts, and an ice rink. A catalytic grant, valued at $200,000 including monetary and technical support, from the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program will support Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership initiated by Councilmember José Huizar, in its work to revitalize this key public space in the heart of Los Angeles. The grant will help bring the new Pershing Square to life now by involving a range of community partners in planning and activation—demonstrating the power of placemaking to connect people and strengthen communities.

The grant comes just days before the four finalists selected in an international design competition will present their long term visions for Pershing Square in a public event at the Downtown Palace Theater on April 28, 2016. For more information on the event, please see http://bit.ly/psrenew.

The Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program focuses on placemaking, a movement that is revolutionizing cities around the world by boosting community participation in the creation, design, and unique programming of public spaces. Southwest Airlines believes that public spaces, whether neighborhood parks, small plazas, or downtown squares, are the true hearts of communities, as the places where people gather, connect, and enjoy each other and the cities they live in. The placemaking process highlights the capacity for underperforming spaces to achieve their greatest potential by becoming vibrant, authentic, functional, and well-loved places that will benefit the community socially, culturally, and economically for years to come.

By bringing community members and local organizations together around building a shared vision for the park, Pershing Square Renew will strengthen connections between people and the park. This is a core element of the placemaking approach — when many voices are included in the transformation of a public space it generates a greater sense of belonging and helps to create a place where everyone feels welcome and comfortable.

“Pershing Square is our city’s best opportunity to demonstrate the power of placemaking as a strategy for empowering our community,” said Eduardo Santana, Executive Director of Pershing Square Renew. “The Heart of the Community grant will help Pershing Square reclaim its rightful place as the city’s favorite gathering place.”

“One of the objectives my office has worked on in a rapidly growing Downtown Los Angeles is increased placemaking as a way to identify and promote our distinct Downtown communities and landmarks,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar. “Southwest Airlines’ support will help us achieve those goals at Pershing Square where we are reimagining and re-envisioning the City’s oldest park so that thousands upon thousands of Angelenos and visitors can rediscover this City of Los Angeles’ treasure.”

Pershing Square Renew awarded Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grant

Los Angeles is among five communities that are receiving similar grants today selected out of a highly competitive pool of more than 90 applicants, from 60 cities. Each year, Southwest brings placemaking to the cities they serve through the Heart of the Community program, highlighting the importance of “place” and encouraging communities to take part in the creation of the public places they love. For Southwest, placemaking is more than building great destinations, it is about strengthening local communities at their “heart.”

“At Southwest, we connect people to what’s important in their lives,” said Linda Rutherford, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Southwest Airlines. “That commitment extends beyond the skies and into the hearts of our communities through our investment in public spaces. We recognize the power public spaces have to transform communities and are excited to support the efforts to reimagine Pershing Square in Los Angeles, a city we’ve been serving for 33 years.”

Pershing Square has seen multiple incarnations, the most recent an overhaul dating back to the early 1990s. In September 2015, Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar spurred the creation of Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership to overhaul and re-envision the five-acre park that emerged from the Councilmember’s broad vision for a revitalized Downtown LA. To learn more, please see http://pershingsquarenew.com.

Through its multi-year partnership with Project for Public Spaces, the nation’s pioneering placemaking organization, Southwest Airlines is leveraging the power of placemaking to spur social, economic, and wellness benefits in communities across the U.S. and abroad. With the addition of the five newly announced grant recipients, the program has supported 18 innovative and transformative projects.

Southwest Airlines logo

Project for Public Spaces logo

More at:

http://www.pps.org/heart-of-the-community/

http://www.blogsouthwest.com/our-five-new-heart-of-the-community-public-spaces/

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About Pershing Square Renew
Pershing Square Renew, Inc. is a non-profit public benefit corporation created to drive the re-design of Pershing Square, a five-acre urban park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Street to the west, Pershing Square has been a popular gathering place since 1866. The effort to re-envision historic Pershing Square is led by Councilmember José Huizar, the Department of Recreation and Parks, MacFarlane Partners, and other Downtown leaders. In Sept. 2015, an international design competition was launched. For more information, visit: www.pershingsquarenew.com

About Councilmember José Huizar
Councilmember Huizar is a staunch advocate for the DTLA community, ushering in billions of dollars of investment to the area, creating initiatives like Bringing Back Broadway and DTLA Forward, and partnering with the County to create C-3, which builds off the success of homeless outreach Huizar has led to assist homeless individuals in Skid Row. He helped bring hundreds of acres of open space, new parks and park upgrades to park-poor areas of his district and is one of the City’s leading “Complete Streets” proponents, helping usher in Mobility 2035, DTLA Bikeshare and groundbreaking pedestrian and bike-friendly policies that are seen as the model for the entire City.

About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 49,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest proudly operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.
Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity. That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to view video on-demand movies and television shows, as well as more than 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners. Southwest created Transfarency℠, a philosophy which treats Customers honestly and fairly, and in which low fares actually stay low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free® to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some airlines may allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply. In 2014, the airline proudly unveiled a bold new look: Heart. The new aircraft livery, airport experience, and logo, showcase the dedication of Southwest Employees to connect Customers with what’s important in their lives.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets. With 43 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2014 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at SouthwestOneReport.com.

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About Project for Public Spaces
Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Its pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. PPS was founded in 1975 to apply and expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, the author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Since then, the organization has completed projects in over 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 US states and are the premier center for best practices, information and resources on Placemaking.

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