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The Importance of City Squares Around the World


Catie Marron, chairman of the board of directors of Friends of the High Line and the editor of City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World (Harper, 2016), and Alma Guillermoprieto, journalist, MacArthur fellow, and author of Dancing with Cuba and Samba, talk about Mexico City's Zocalo and the role of city squares in cities around the world.

→ Hear more: Catie Marron will be in conversation with Adam Gopnik, who contributed to the book, at the New York Society Library on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30pm. Click here for tickets and details.

@BrianLehrer Washington Square is so full of life! Performance artists, NYU students, dogs everywhere... such a beautiful NYC mash-up.

— Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) May 9, 2016

@BrianLehrer Washington square park at night between 10p to 12a. calmer, quieter, idyllic. pic.twitter.com/jHccK1nL80

— Michael Szeto (@MichaelSzeto) May 9, 2016

@BrianLehrer Piazza della Signoria in Florence -- A reproduction of David right there.

— Jane McManus (@janesports) May 9, 2016

.@BrianLehrer : do the plazas of city college count? I often walk by there. @cunynewswire@CityCollegeNY#nycpic.twitter.com/qK6ySOfSg3

— Rob Halperin (@RobHalperin) May 9, 2016


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 2016-05-09  16m