The Arcades Project Setting & Symbolism

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Arcade

This is a public location in Paris, France. There is more than one. This is a format that is new at the time the book is written. An arcade is an urban place where several merchants of luxury goods have assembled. Their set-ups have been described as the precursor to the department store and the shopping mall. Shopkeepers are able to hold some bulked goods at the selling point. There are enough merchants working at the same time and near enough one another that their joint effort creates an atmosphere that is both special and unique.

The new fangled arcade is the location for the work. It reveals a whole approach to the society. The author is interested in thinking about society and civilization in ways other than the most astute and austere of ideas. This is philosophy and sociology within the daily urban context.

Paris, France

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