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Monday Morning Photo – Social Benches in Barcelona

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When I come across public seating like these bench seats in Barcelona’s Gracia neighborhood, I am reminded why I’ll always be an advocate for this city. The idea of bench occupants gazing in the same direction had never seemed an antisocial proposition to me. But the placement of these benches serves to foster interaction with the people around you and is an invitation to friends to enjoy a face-to-face conversation outdoors. The ability to reconsider and improve our traditional conception of a bench is admirable.

These seats – and a few additional pairs – are located on the Travessera de Gracia, across from the grand Mercat de l’Abaceria Central. What a great setting for a couple of people to recap a busy morning in the market.

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  • Dick March 16, 2015, 10:18 pm

    Dave,
    As you might imagine, benches of this type are near and dear to my heart!
    Good article.

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave) March 17, 2015, 10:03 pm

    I’ve never seen anything like this but I just love the concept of it – so simple yet powerful!
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    • Dave March 17, 2015, 10:39 pm

      Simple and social-forward – love the idea.

  • Aunt Sue April 2, 2015, 4:18 am

    What a great idea! Something so simple could help to unite the world, forcing people to communicate…

    • Dave April 13, 2015, 10:12 am

      Yes, I am all in favor of communication! I have spent too many mornings staring at a subway car wall to desire that type of anonymity again.

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