Frankfurt, Goldhutgasse

We have seen another view of this small square, in the Intersections chapter. Virtually all squares serve this dual function, but it is important to ensure that the traffic that is handled is compatible with the social use of the space. London's Trafalgar Square is bordered by traffic on all four sides. Lord Rogers has proposed a design that would eliminate traffic in front of the National Gallery and one other side, which would help to reintegrate the square with the pedestrian environment, although there would still be heavy traffic on two sides.

We have all too often seen squares taken over by cars as circulation and parking spaces. It is good to be able to report that a fair bit of progress has been made in reversing this incursion in Europe, but there is still a long way to go.

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