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Centerway Square in Corning ranks fifth in poll of best public squares

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Centerway Square in Corning, New York, has been ranked as the fifth best public square in the United States in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. This marks the fourth consecutive year the square has appeared on the list, though it has dropped from previous higher rankings. Initially topping the chart in 2021 and coming in second in the following two years, Centerway Square remains a favorite due to its aesthetic appeal and communal significance.

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The selection process involved a four-week voting period by 10Best readers, who chose from twenty nominated public squares across the nation. Centerway Square’s distinctive 50-foot-tall clock tower, ambient street lamps, café seating, and covered stage were highlighted as key features contributing to its charm and utility.

Additionally, Corning gained further recognition by placing seventh for the best small-town cultural scene in the U.S. Attractions such as the Corning Museum of Glass, the Rockwell Museum, and the vibrant Gaffer District played significant roles in securing this accolade for the town.