The province provides a ton of great resources and reading on this topic at http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/heritage/tools.shtml
And we’d like to put this book on our bedside table -- City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World (Harper, 2016)
Have a listen as Catie Marron, chairman of the board of directors of New York’s Friends of the High Line and the editor of the above-forementioned book andspeaks with journalist/ MacArthur fellow Alma Guillermoprieto, journalist, MacArthur fellow, and author of Dancing with Cuba and Samba, talk about Mexico City's Zocalo and the role of city squares in cities around the world. http://www.wnyc.org/story/worlds-great-gathering-spots/.
Check out the #CitySquares hashtag too.