Zürich, Bahnhofplatz

While the Banhofstrasse (which makes off to the left, where the trams are) is a beautiful street, the Bahnhofplatz works less well. Perhaps too much has been asked of it. While it was doubtless necessary to bring the trams to the main train station (on the right), this has come at a cost. This area is really no longer a square - it's primarily a circulation area. The car parking in front of the station does nothing to help, either.

Notice how the enclosure of this area drains away. There is a large opening in the center of the photograph. The situation is made worse by the scale - the square is large, and the buildings are made to look small as a result. This is one place where somewhat taller buildings probably would have helped, perhaps up to seven or eight stories.

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