Path to happiness— Global


An ode to those tucked-away streets of the world that seem to have their own poetry and swagger. Our design editor writes about the thoroughfares that have the capacity to touch the heart and soul.

Architecture, Buildings, Business, Society

Discovering a favourite street in any city is always the tipping point from being just a visitor to feeling at home. It’s that moment when you realise you could live here. A quick survey allows you to plot where you’d get your coffee, your newspaper, your grocery shopping, your last orders. Here’s where you’d while away hours on a sunny Saturday morning, restock your wardrobe, lock up your bike and host friends for dinner. This feels like a good jogging route and that little balcony on the third floor clearly hides the ideal one-bed apartment to…

  • Proportions

    Buildings are between three and six storeys high. Blocks are 10 buildings long. Pavements vary in width, four and a half metres at their widest, two and a half at their narrowest. Regulations are in place to avoid eyesores but common sense prevails. And we like life at all times of day. This includes cars.

  • Patina

    There’s a jigsaw of periods and styles, from Georgian townhouses to modern studios. Façades are renovated but not clinically manicured. The rusts and russets of time are left to tell a story.

  • People

    The street hums with activity. The people who populate it are the right side of nosey but rarely interfere unless help is sought. Neighbourly trust is the glue that binds this community together.


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