In theory places should attract people to participate in activities, of which the basics would be walking for health and enjoyment and sitting to relax or talk to friends. But there are far more activities to consider such as jogging, cycling, looking at street markets as well as eating and drinking. There could be conflicts, so places to be skillfully designed and managed, bearing in mind the preferences of local people.
Places should encourage wellbeing and healthy living for the residents and visitors. Be it through having shops that promote healthy eating, a space where games and sports can be played or a patch of countryside where people can unwind.
If the local area doesn’t create happines, regenertion is often an option. Although it is expensive and highly disruptive, it is greatly effective to recreate the image of an area and improve the quality of life.