The narrative of the contemporary city, as a collective experience, is inscribed in

the form of its monuments. The term monuments focuses both on buildings and on

objects which attract communal activities. However, if the metaphor of the book of

the city has any validity, then one has to consider the events which distinguish one

story from another and on which the course of a narrative turns. Such events point

out the general structure of a story or city, but have very little meaning on their

own when removed from the context with which they have a mutually supportive

relationship. Although the objective factuality of an event or monument is its most

obvious characteristic, the subjective qualities of its interpretation are what bring it to

life. It is so in stories, and it is the same in cities.