Give Me a Town Square, or Give Me a Death

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One thing that strikes me when I travel from city to city nowadays is that the ones I enjoy most and have the fondest memories of are simply those that boast some huge and central public space where the local population – the citizens literally – and visitors congregate in order to step outside the fast pace of the streets or the transport system.

This is where they “get away”, to use a glib phrase. But to be sure, this so-called “getting away” is central to city life, and is not as peripheral to city living as the phrase would have us think.


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