Does good city planning require a city to have a focal point or a vista?
Is the "town center" really a visual focal point?
Is a vista from a town toward a mountain range or toward a seascape really a focal point for the town?
Should there be a focal point to help identify the town?
A fountain may be a focal point of a town center, but is it a focal point for the town?
Is the town identified by the focal point?
In the old days the focal point may have been the cathedral steeple.
What is a successful focal point for town identity today?
Is it a building? Is it a square? Is it a park? Is it a monument (Washington DC comes to mind.)?
Does one have a "sense of arrival" when one comes to this focal point?
Do vistas help extend the presence of the focal point out into the community as an extended unifying elements?
Is a "focal point" essential to good urban planning and a "sense of place?"
Does anyone have some good examples of town focal points to show?