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ROME VIEWED FROM A TERRACE ABOVE THE CAMPO DE' FIORI

ROME VIEWED FROM A TERRACE ABOVE THE CAMPO DE’ FIORI

What gives us pleasure is experience. Even with a beloved object, like a painting, we never see it the same way twice. The light changes, our eyes see the colors differently, or the room is warmer or colder.

For several years I’ve been writing about how to apply the lessons of the Slow Food movement to the development of Bay Regional towns and cities. This new issue of Common Place collects three essays on this topic—the second written with Richard Bender. They are revised somewhat from their published version to eliminate repetition and improve what I found when I revisited them. I’m grateful to the publications, noted at the end of each essay, where they first appeared.—John Parman

Photo of Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori by Mary Lebeck

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