Boulevard: same question, same answer

Last July, I kicked off this column by asking that if a boulevard in Quay Parade was seen as an answer then what on earth was the question. I was quite serious at the time and even more so today. The word conjures up pictures of a leafy avenue suitable for a promenade and maybe a spot of people watching from a kerbside café. Something similar to Las Ramblas in Barcelona, perhaps. So let’s get that misconception out of the way first. In urban design terms, a boulevard is typically a large road running through a city. It has one sole purpose and that is to improve traffic flow. The word ‘boulevard’ is a French term which in turn derives from the Dutch word ‘bolwerk’ – a defensive measure desig

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