Sunday, April 29, 2007

City Planning: Learning from our mistakes?

I visited the city of Colmar in Alsace recently. The city has a wonderful medieval quarter with canals, churches, convoluted streets and a rich history. Unfortunately they seem to be learning the wrong lessons from US city planning, here's a photo of a cineplex right on the edge of the old city center. At least they put a wide plaza in front and they probably will fill at least some of the space with cafes (there's a chain restaurant going in on the left side, the right side was still vacant when I took this photo). So, everything's not always better in Europe!

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