Great downtowns have great streets, but rarely are they dominated by the automobile. Like many small American Towns, Piqua has a Main Street, but incremental engineering efforts to facilitate traffic movement have undermined downtown’s pedestrian scale and public realm. The city’s original town square and historic town hall along Main street were demolished, eroding the signature gathering space.
A legitimate “Public Square” for Piqua is possible (once again) at the intersection of Main and High Streets. With the iconic Fort Piqua Plaza as backdrop – the town’s most prominent building – a grand civic space can emerge. A modest relocation of surface parking is made possible by leveraging the expansive parking zone to the east of Main Street. The space, which is nearly square in geometry, is actually four separate quads.