by Ares Kalandides

Sidewalk cafés are generally a delight. They liven up public space, they become meeting places and places of exchange – indeed, they seem the quintessence of urbanity.  Nevertheless, the anarchic invasion of public spaces by tables and chairs can be the exact opposite: they may be taking much needed space from pedestrians, reducing pavements into narrow strips where a person on foot (let alone a wheel-chair or a pram)  can hardly pass through. How do we reconcile the two then?  Lisbon may be showing the way.

I visited Lisbon (for the first time, I’m ashamed to say) at the end of April this year. There are so many things to be said about the city, but I just wanted to focus on one thing that particularly stroke: public squares and kiosks.

DSCN1364Visitors to the the city cannot fail to notice that the squares in the old…

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