Our lives are not only lived in the flow of daily routines. We also go to special places, for celebrations, for enjoyment, or because key resources are concentrated there. For firms, there are locales with particular kinds of business climate. For people who like shopping and window gazing, some locales have a special seductive power. For societies and social groups, some places express special qualities about themselves and their cultures in their buildings, landscapes and ambiences. In Paris, the grand, tree-lined avenue of the Champs Elysée connects the old city core with the Arc de Triomphe to the west. In London, people enjoy the walk from Piccadilly Circus through the shopping environments of Regent Street and then beyond Oxford Street up to Regent’s Park. Or they may take a short light-rail trip from the old heart of the City of London to a new financial and leisure locale with a completely different ambience at Canary Wharf. And after visiting smaller cities such as Boston and Barcelona, tourists go home with memories of historic waterfronts, where they have been able to idle along among shops and restaurants and attractive public spaces.
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