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Let’s Use Urban Roofs More

Why are city roofs not used more often as living spaces? In congested cities where open spaces are at such a premium, I look on those huge flat rooftops and wonder why I don’t see more pavers, seats, grass. and trees.

It’s not a new concept. The rooftop gardens of the Rockefeller Center in New York City are one of the beautiful landmarks there since the 30’s.

The Galleries Lafayette is famous for its rooftop cafe offers a hiding place from city bustle. With great casual dining and some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, Morntmarte,  and Paris I rate it as a must stop for tourists.

I see downtown Miami with a restaurant tucked into every cranny where they fit. And a few restaurants where they don’t even appear to fit, a small Cuban cafe with barely enough space for the single waitress to stand as she hands out cafesitos and pastelitos to a disproportionately large crowd of rowdy talkers outside the window. And I think how cool it would be to also have rooftop cafes with trendy fare and breathtaking city views.

–Al-


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