Nancy, Place de Vaudemont

This is another nearly perfect square, somewhat smaller than the last one. The buildings are of an excellent scale, and the treatment of the storefronts is very fine. The arch and wall that enclose the space are of an exceptionally high standard. Notice the sculpture on the high plinth.

There is almost nothing here that we might want to add, unless it would be a fountain.

Cars are today allowed to use part of this square, with the result that large, ugly road signs have been added, and a row of bollards with chain were needed to keep the cars from using the space as a parking lot. While cars never bring beauty to a space, they often bring ugliness to it. In the best cases, the damage is limited, but in the worst cases, the space is so good as destroyed.

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