A lot is spoken about the now very consolidated trend on cafes and bars providing wifi ‘hotspots’ to encourage customers to use laptops and other portable devices to connect to the web. This has changed urban behaviour to the extent we are able to work, or connect for whatever reason from everywhere and anywhere, blurring the boundaries between public space, personal space, work and enterntainment.
At least that is what I and my fellow writers thought as we were getting together to set up this website. A quick office-based websearch offered a number of places we could choose to go to and use wifi facilities near Picadilly Circus. Surprisingly for such a location, there was not so much to choose from. A restaurant? Starbucks? Cafe Nero? Isn’t there somewhere better we can go to? We settled for the upstairs bar and coffee shop at Waterstones, only to find out their wifi wasn’t working. Ended up at Cafe Nero where we had to pay for a slow and unreliable connection. So it is possible, but not necessarily easy. If it is like that in a city like London, I wonder what it is like elsewhere? Our urban lifestyles are not fulfilled to the extend we think they are – the immediate still needs planning.