I have to confess, I haven’t lived in an urban area in over 25 years. The following pictures are from Athens. I loved this city.
The mix of old and new was amazing.
View of the city from the theatre at the Acropolis in Athens
We stayed in the Monastiraki area and it was great. On first glance there was a lot of empty store fronts. But, there were bars with wonderful musicians playing traditional music with the patrons singing and dancing along, the Athens flea market and the food market nearby.
The Athens market
Graffiti: This is an urban sight. Some is very good art and contributes to the urban landscape. Other graffiti is not a welcome sight.
I worked for years as an arts administrator with a touring theatre company and a visual arts organization. The way arts organizations are able to transform a space always amazed me. When the theatre company set up for a show in the local fire hall, it was transformed into a theatre by 8 pm that night, complete with a stage, lights, sound and seats arranged for an audience. In this case, a juried exhibit, youth exhibit and exhibit of work from the community workshop filled this church basement with art. The arrangement of the art work made you forget you were in a church basement which was more often the location of Brownie and Guide meetings, AA meetings and church lunches.
Although chairs were arranged for the opening, it was standing room only. Gathering of the Arts opening receptions in Antigonish always draw a big crowd.