The history of those inner courtyards in Helsinki is full of fascinating stories of social and cultural change, oh and environmental change.
These days many of Helsinki’s courtyards are, alas, given over for car parking and, as you can see, the odd bicycle squeezed in around the edges. Oddly there seems to be too little space in many Helsinki yards for bikes, meaning that folks have to leave them on the street. Ideally of course, the courtyard buildings that were once in use as wood stores, laundries, saunas and the like, for the use of all inhabitants, should be turned into bike storage.
For those seeking to keep cities people-friendly the good news is that in fact the use of such space for parking is in fact illegal. The bad news is that the City never gets involved in this form of criminal behaviour.
At least hasn’t until now.