Hamburg is without doubt the quietest city that I’ve been in after dark. Despite being in the very centre of the city, everything was still and few people were around. The shadows were static and the atmosphere far removed from what I’ve come to expect in most European cities. Apparently everything happens away from the centre after the shops close.
I did like the way that the streets are mainly lit by spill light from the retail shops. I think this is something that many cities can learn from. It raises the question as to how necessary street lighting is in commercial districts. You can criticise the shops for perhaps wasting energy but if they are determined to light their premises overnight, then why not utilise the energy in this way. It’s a bit like recycling.
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