The Key to Safe Streets: Five Cities Humanizing Street Design
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Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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Seven Dials, NealÍs Yard

London

United Kingdom

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
October 14, 2003
December 14, 2017

A comfortable neighborhood that shows a kinder, gentler side of London that you didnÍt think existed.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

This district at the northern end of Covent Garden is very comfortable _ almost too comfortable _ for London. It is truly special, on a scale that shows a kinder, gentler side of London that you didnÍt think existed. The small buildings, narrow streets, and little alleyways reveal wonderful treasures of little courtyards, such as NealÍs Yard, that seem almost like a hidden paradise. And while it is very historic, the overwhelming feeling is that it is contemporary, with uses that fit the setting. New York has Greenwich Village and Paris has the Marais, but this area is somehow even more enchanting. ItÍs one of those places positively draws you toward it, and makes you want to return to often.

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Sociability

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History & Background

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Photo credits, from top: Christine Fisher via PlanPhilly, Grays Ferry Triangles Project via Facebook, Laura Blanchard via Flickr, Geoff Kees Thompson via This Old City, Nidhi Gulati, Nidhi Gulati

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Seven Dials, NealÍs Yard
Seven Dials, NealÍs Yard
Seven Dials, NealÍs Yard
Seven Dials, NealÍs Yard
Seven Dials, NealÍs Yard
Seven Dials, NealÍs Yard
Seven Dials, NealÍs Yard
Seven Dials, NealÍs Yard

*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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