Best Imitation of a Real Town Square - 2006
The Legacy Town Center
Plano's attempt at New Urbanism, the Legacy Town Center looks at first like a real town square featuring quirky shops, charming apartments, a movie theater and plenty of people happily ambling about on a Friday night. There's even a guy hanging out on a sidewalk, playing guitar. Of course, this vision of urban living is curiously homogenous--everything is all white and all the businesses and residences seem to be targeted to members of the same lofty tax bracket. The Legacy Town Center is to urban living what Euro Disney is to Europe, what corporate rock is to the Ramones, a too-smooth imitation of the real thing. But still, in today's centerless neighborhoods, it does give hometown-hungry Plano-ites somewhere to gather.