Cities with water provide space and seem to instigate the building of grand projects. Even in an historic city as St Petersburg, there was industrial activity along the banks of the Neva and also communist housing blocks in a now prime location. Eventually the sun did set, yet night never quite descended over the city. The Neva is wide and imperial.
The canals exude a cozy grandeur, maybe thanks to the magnificent pastel painted palaces and the large variety of bridges. The top one was build by the same company that build the Eifel Tower and so cities become truly cosmopolitan, an expression of European history and civilization, a living reminder of what was. And thus we have to think of a disirable common future.