TOWN SQUARE is an unusual consultancy founded by Jerome Barth. Jerome honed his place-making skills at two of the most-beloved public spaces of our era--New York’s Bryant Park and The High Line. Jerome’s role in fine-tuning maintenance, creating programs, and raising operating revenues helped the park become financially self-sustaining while elevating the status of adjacent commercial properties. At the High Line, a city park managed by a non-profit organization, he served as Chief Operations Officer, overseeing a transformed elevated railway that attracts more than 7 million visitors a year and contributing to the fine tuning of the operations and programs of the original “Park in the Sky," now a model for developments worldwide.
Jerome’s extensive travels and broad understanding of multiple cultures inflect his professional experience, giving him rare expertise in the realm of public space creation and management. He is ideally equipped to help government agencies, commercial developers, and non-profit enterprises unlock the potential of spaces they own and realize lasting value for themselves and the public they serve.
After moving to New York City in 2009, Sara positioned herself as a leader in public space management through positions at business improvement districts (BIDs)--the entities that contract with the city to maintain major parks and plazas. She specializes in cultivating public engagement through developing small- and medium-scale programming--such as book clubs, art lessons, and recreational amenities--in partnership with local businesses and entrepreneurs.
In 2012, Sara joined Jerome's team at Bryant Park. There, she developed a passion for park maintenance and logistics through the oversight of the hiring and training of Bryant Park’s 35-person team of sanitation workers. She revamped the process of capital inspections, then applied the same data-driven approach to standardizing the back-of-house events set-up and scheduling procedures.
Sara joined TOWN SQUARE to apply her love of public space to a broadened range of projects. Today, Sara lives in Ditmas Park where she enjoys picnicking in Prospect Park.
Rob Tallia is a freelance writer, editor, photographer, and project manager. Born in New Jersey, he has spent most of the past twenty years in New York City writing about the urban experience for the guidebook series Not For Tourists, which he co-founded in 1998. He has also written for Rand McNally, Frommer's, and Visit California, worked as a food photographer for Zagat, and spent a year at Google as a cartographic and information design consultant.
He began his professional career in New York as a Research and Development Director for the Princeton Review, and most recently published the first edition of the Not For Tourists Guide to Madrid. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1989 with a triple major in Journalism, English, and History.