An open square fronted by buildings, often filled with outdoor dining and public events. It would be the heart of downtown Bristol, pedestrian friendly, and in use day and night.

The surrounding uses often include open-air cafes on the ground floor, offices on the second floor, and residential above.

Events often include outdoor concerts, public markets, festivals and movies.

The surrounding buildings are typically human-scaled, and human-proportioned (taller than wider).

Check out and vote for your ideas associated with a piazza here.

December 10, 2010: Piazza idea posted on
March 15, 2011: Piazza reaches 200 Likes and qualifies for feasibility study.
August 6, 2011: Pop-up piazza event attracts 15,000 people, a city record.
April 25, 2011: Piazza is deemed financially feasible by Renaissance Downtowns and submitted as main feature in Concept Plan to City of Bristol.
October 11, 2011: City of Bristol approves concept plan.
August 4, 2011: Second pop-up piazza event once again attracts 15,000 people.
February 13, 2013: Phase I site plan featuring piazza is approved by City Council.

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