Jan Chipchase had asked this question recently in a post on this street scene which already had me thinking.
Yesterday I was present at a lecture by Dirk Overduin on some succesful interventions around the use of public space.
It’s hard to strike a balance between the use and abuse/overuse of public space. Mostly perceived ‘abuse’ of public space stems from other social problems (homelessness etc.) and regulating public space too rigidly impoverishes all of us.
Looking at the street scene from China, I’m disappointed that we do not have similar uses of public space here. To be able to play tavla on the sidewalk in the city while drinking çay…