Does it come from the earth?
A Riga poet has once written that the houses in a city have extensive, deep roots that help the city to grow and spread. This figure of speech is absolutely true. Riga can be compared to a seedling, which was brought from a foreign country, but deeply rooted and flowered here – on the sandy Baltic seashore. The seedling’s rots have penetrated deeply into the soil of the land called Latvia.

Does it come from the stone?
Do stones have memory? Now and then stepping on the cobblestones of Riga you are overwhelmed by a sensation that your feet can feel those who have walked or driven along the paved streets before you. The business-like, hasty or idle footsteps. The nailed heels beating the march rhythm. The Morse code of a cabby horse. Dance steps – waltz, polka and sudmaliòas on the cobblestone pavement of the city. Indeed, many a dance have the streets and squares of Riga enjoyed. Maybe it is the right time for you to inscribe your own dance pattern into the annals of the Riga cobblestones?

Does it come from the heart?
A foreigner after having seen the logo of the Riga 800th anniversary for the first time was completely baffled: “Why have you chosen a cardiogram for a symbol?” In fact the designer’s idea had been to depict a skyline of church spires, but let it be a cardiogram, why not? First and foremost Riga is Riga in the hearts of Rigans and only then it is Riga in stone, in words or a spot on the globe. Open, warm, ever pulsating – Riga is like this, as such are the hearts of its inhabitants.
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