Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square: America’s Best Community

Over the past decade, Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square has made transformative progress through efforts to revitalize and restore the area-but we still have room for improvement!

We would like to build upon the progress made by past and current revitalization efforts, including streetlight and streetscape enhancement projects, the introduction of the Intermodal Transportation Center, business facade improvements, and beautification projects.

One of our target goals for the America’s Best Communities competition is to continue to enhance Public Square in three key areas: (1) by installing wayfinding signage for better navigation of Public Square and the surrounding area, (2) continuing to improve business facades, and (3) further renovating the Public Square to enhance its features and make it more welcoming and park-like.

The nationally and internationally known architectural firm of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has taken the lead in planning a redesign project for Public Square! Check back next week for an exclusive trailer with Nicholas Snyder, AIA, Senior Associate of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, when he will speak about the firm’s plans for this design project. Watch below to learn more about Public Square’s history, progress, and future.

Thank you to Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank, the Weather Channel, and our local sponsor Scripps Network Interactive for their sponsorship in the America’s Best Communities competition!