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From: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

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Freiburg's pavements are decorated with icons made of cobblestones in contrasting colors. In Livable Cities Observed, Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard and Henry L. Lennard describe what happened when the Altstadt was pedestrianized several decades ago:

"The city paid very special attention to the repaving of the streets and squares. Kerbs and asphalt were removed from all streets, and natural stone paving--reddish quartzite, black basalt, granite and red porphyry and pebbles from the river Rhein--were used almost without exception in the medieval city center.

"Indeed, the floor of the city has been treated as the city's 'carpet.' It is a work of art, and exhibits fine craftmanship. Geometric and flower designs, historic, cultural, and business symbols, executed by traditional artisans working with the different coloured stones, pebbles and mosaics emphasize the unique character of each street, stimulate a sense of history, and prompt fantasy and imagination."

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