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Just an after-thought on the demonstrations. They proved that Toulouse is a fantastic city when the town's center is void of motorised vehicles. That's simply the way it should always be. Main boulevards, narrower streets ... with only pedestrians or cyclists, and none of those smelly, dangerous, voluminous, noisy, global warming contributors => very cool.
by Alex in Toulouse on Sun Mar 19th, 2006 at 09:17:24 AM EST
Heh. I remember when the Tour de France came on my street two years ago. They cleared it of all traffic and of all parked cars the day before, and it was glorious. A much wider street, no noise, a much better view on the trees (strange, but true). It was great!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Mar 19th, 2006 at 09:21:22 AM EST
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I fully agree, the silence (I wasn't always in the thick of the demonstration, at some point Hugo and I cut across to gain ground, finding ourselves in a quiet street), a better view of the things around, and the widening of the streets are the three first things that come to mind.

And it's not just that, but also the fact that you walk right in the middle of the street, and this really contributes to the feeling that the streets belong to you. It makes cities look so much more beautiful.

by Alex in Toulouse on Sun Mar 19th, 2006 at 09:31:11 AM EST
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