How Cities Around the World Use Public Space to Celebrate the Holidays by @WRIcities

To celebrate the holidays, cities close down streets for pedestrians, open markets, and hold parades in public spaces. Photo by Ted Eytan/Flickr For cities, holidays signal a transformation in atmosphere. Street lights change colors, decorations are hung, and festivals turn sleepy downtowns into largescale celebrations for locals. Just as families and individuals adorn their homes with ornaments and trimmings, cities use their public space to welcome the end of the year and local holidays. As festivities make clear, public spaces in cities have countless benefits: they connect local residents, act as a place to hold community events and offer a place of serenity in a busy urban environment. These areas are vital for preserving the local culture in cities and can bring communities together throughout the year, especially during the holidays. Below are some ways cities acros...

Full article: http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1131911

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