revealing the nocturnal urban landscape

Quotations can often frame characteristics of successful cities, where five important qualities combine to create 24-hour, magnetic places.

When evening light and crowds merge to create a sense of safety, where walking and transit define mobility and proximity, if commerce goes on without the sun, then interaction of human personality and the built environment will succeed…

“Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night,” said the English poet, Rupert Brooke.

From around the world, consistent with Brooke, and indicative of safety, mobility, proximity, commerce and interaction, here is imagery which reveals the city at night.


An earlier, abbreviated perspective on “legendary darkness of a city night” appears here. For a related post on “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED),” click here, and, as republished in Crosscut, here.

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