When we travel, our experience of a place will be directly influenced by the type of place we choose to stay at. I just read an insightful article in National Geographic magazine where the author had stayed in three very different types of accommodation in Rome, while on vacation, and how his experience of the city changed dramatically as he moved from place to place (opulence to basic). He wasn’t focusing on geographical changes, but rather how each place made him feel about himself and how he subsequently related to the world around him as a result. Although there are of course differences, I think the points made in the article are relevant for urban planners when we consider how residents experience a place. The mix of accommodation a neighbourhood offers can have an effect on the vibe and character of that neighbourhood’s public places. Thoughtful lunchtime reading. Plus it has great photos. Read the article here.

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