If the city were, one day, to lose
its "swarming mass" of inhabitants, it would simultaneously lose its worth
as a city, for it is the swarming mass which shapes the city. Creating
intertwined paths and weaving places, "the
pedestrian movements form one of those "real systems whose existence in
fact makes up the city"." If I walk down the street being reminded of certain
incidents in my life, then that is the way that the street will exist not
just for me, but also within the context of the entire city.
My house in London is named my
house it is not 20 Alexander Square to me. As I regard
it from the outside, I am able to visualize the space beyond the walls --
to others, the walls just appear
as brick walls, and the space within -- if it even exists at all -- is incidental.
Quotations are taken
from de Certeau, Walking in the City,
The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984