Square Michel Foucault by Matthew Marco @ Flickr

Square Michel Foucault.

So this may only be a small square near Avenue Saint-Jacques, but it is further evidence that Paris knows well enough to honor philosophers, artists, and playwrights in the naming of its infrastructure. I wonder if the United States would be a more progressive country if on par with Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr. were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, Allen Ginsburg, Jackson Pollock, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and so forth, crossing major American cities as boulevards and enlivening them as parks and plazas.