ABSTRACT

The regulations regarding conduct and the misuse of the streets and squares in the early modern city lead one to think that commercial logic often went hand-in-hand with a lack of space and bustling activity. At times, the official documents, chronicles and site descriptions use the terms ‘mixed-use’ and ‘prosperity’ as though they were synonymous, expressing concern that establishing useful (physical and legal) boundaries might also provoke a diminution of ‘disorder’ which might be interpreted as a sign of economic decline.