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CITIES URGED TO INTRODUCE CAFE CULTURE TO THEIR STREETS

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A report published yesterday urges British cities and towns to reclaim their streets from the car and create a cafe...
A report published yesterday urges British cities and towns to reclaim their streets from the car and create a cafe style culture, reports The Independent (p10).

The study by the European Institute for Urban Affairs at Liverpool John Moores University says the introduction of more squares into towns, coupled with traffic calming are vital to boosting the 'liveability' of cities.

It says such measures should be coupled with the return of city- centre housing and the greening of urban environments.

The paper reports the study warnings that the alternative is to follow American town centres which have been turned into fortresses with 'armour-plated' shop fronts. It says the 'best antidote to fear of crime is the presence of people' and says this has worked in parts of Chicago.
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