Venice, Rio Priuli

This is one of the many minor canals (and one of the larger ones, at that). This one differs from most by virtue of having a walkway along the canal, on the far side. You can see where it passes beneath a building in an arcade. Typically, the street and canal systems cross each other at right angles and do not duplicate their routes.

In the middle distance is one of the hundreds of arch bridges that knit the dozens of Venetian islands into a city. These bridges constitute a formidable obstacle for anything on wheels, which explains why Venice was never overrun by cars. Today, these bridges make the city nearly totally inaccessible for someone in a wheelchair and considerably hinder the passage of freight on handcarts. When designing new carfree cities, we must make certain not to repeat this mistake.

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