When you gaze into your crystal ball, what kind of future do you see? One in which the road rises up to meet you, one in which the wind is always at your back, and one in which the sun shines warm upon your face. 
Fresh fish for sale in Raqqa even though it is hundreds of miles from the sea. Where did it come from? The nearby Euphrates. And, in that answer, is a key to understanding why the city is now the capital of a defacto state. 
There was a time when churches were surrounded by the neighborhoods they served. If people went to church, they had to walk. That resulted in a tight-knit settlement fabric. Then came the automobile, autocrat that it is! 
In the United States, more than one in ten weddings take place in June. In Bulgaria, May is the most popular wedding month. Saturdays, of course, are the days of choice. If you happen to be getting married today: Congratulations! 
What would an urban planner call this? A signalized intersection: signals to regulate motor vehicle flow and signals to regulate pedestrian flow. The signals don't really do the regulation, though. People regulate themselves. In Singapore, they do a pretty good job, but in other parts of the world, that may not be the case. 
Caye: pronounced Key. Belize has tons of cayes, but this one actually has a resident population, albeit small, just like the island itself. Don't bother with a car; everything is within walking, cycling, or boating distance. As for getting here, take the water taxi or an airplane ride.