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public space

I find this street map [part] of Savannah. Georgia, USA in 1818 to be truly astounding. How our interpretation of ‘public’ space has changed/become eroded over the past century. Whilst the public square in every small district might seem ‘twee’ to our modern sensibilities perhaps that is what guerilla gardening is trying to put back into our lives? A sense of communal rather than municipal ownership.

Savannah_cityplan_1818

Wouldn’t fly today; reminds too much of army barracks, POW and concentration camps? I have often wondered what it must be like to live in a major city based on the grid system? Comforting or confusing?

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