A city is a worthless place without people, no matter how beautiful or how efficiently planned it is. It is the people that make a city. The people make the history of the city; people give the city life and meaning. The people, however, have to understand their roles or end up tearing the city into pieces. After space is defined, it remains in its defined state for as long as the person describing the place is there. De Certeau defines walking as an act of lacking a place. It is also what gives the city its life. This shows that people are disintegrated and keep moving out of place, leaving the city unanchored. The city, therefore, expresses the desire to order as people are moving all and about, desiring to achieve more. It can also be a symbol of fear and chaos as people are restless and they lack unity.
The city is seen to regulate and liberate the lives of its inhabitants. The lives of the inhabitants are controlled since it limits the scope of the people writing their subjective use of the urban space course. It also liberates them as it is they that create it through how they walk about as a mass escaping any regulated or planned city scheme. The pedestrians each have their styles and language they speak about the city. They also participate in creating the meaning of the city, giving new definitions to streets and places, different from the previous ones. This freedom makes them liberated and free. “Walking in the City” has an underdeveloped role of sexual difference. The city is split between the point of view of the privileged observer and the symbol of degeneration and urban life contamination. The gendered pedestrians point of view is down to the street’s level, while the observer is at the highest peak.