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It seems I got too eager to comment, but probably none of the above examples from Munich would qualify as "suburban". I'll come back to you if I think of any!
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In Munich there are several public plazas that act as transport nodes; mainly it is crossing or diverging subway lines, but there are several with good Tram service too. The plazas have capitalized on this fact by attracting business like cinema theaters, restaurants, cafes and shops. Some examples: - Münchner Freiheit (with new Tram 23 terminal) - Marienplatz - main city square with connection with suburban rail - Karlsplatz/Stachus - "Tram central" connected to pedestrian downtown zone, 2 subway lines and the stem stretch of the suburban rail - Sendlinger Tor - South access to commercial downtown, beautiful square with a cinema theater, cafes and restaurants. Also connected to the tram. - Rotkreutzplatz - Mixed landuse plaza connected to subway, bus, etc. All of the above, not being an exhaustive list, also work as market squares one day of the week for (mostly) local produce, and, around Christmas, also organize their own Christmas Markets with both traditional and contemporary handicrafts, food stands and a hot-sweet-spicy-wine-punch around which the masses gather called Glühwein. I can hardly think of plazas in Munich that are not transit-related...
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Mar 22, 2011