Best Of 2016

Best Renovation Project: Public Square

Only a couple shorts months away from its much-anticipated opening, the brand new Public Square in the heart of downtown looks as good as advertised. Designed by nationally renowned New York City architect James Corner’s firm, the new Public Square — funded by the city, the county, the state and the region’s major foundations — will be greener and livelier than ever, and will serve as the front door to the city. With concerts and programming in the offing, and even a cafe on the grounds, this butterfly-shaped masterpiece will re-energize the core of a city moving in the absolute right direction.