Lisbon, Avenida da Liberdade

This is a classic boulevard. It runs straight as a rule to the horizon. It has three roadways, two marginal (for local traffic) and one central for fast, through traffic. Long rows of trees march its full length.

There is one deviation from the standard design, and that is the rather narrow sidewalks fronting the buildings, which are so often used as sites for cafés. The islands between the three roadways are, however, well equipped with paved sidewalks.

The placing of a large monument at a circular intersection is also typical of boulevard construction, as is the varied construction fronting the boulevard, but notice that a fairly consistent style is maintained.

This street still exists in much the same form today, but it is made far less attractive by the large numbers of cars that blot the scene.

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