Place and non-place are rather like opposed polarities: the first is never completely erased, the second never totally completed.
The distinction between places and non-places derives from the opposition between place and space.
Space, for Michel de Certeau, is a ‘frequented place’, ‘an intersection of moving bodies’: it is the pedestrians who transform a street(geometrically defined as a place by town planners) into a space.
The place(geometric space) as an assembly of elements coexisting in a certain order and the space(anthropological/existential space) as an animation of these places by the motion of a moving body.
‘The space could be to the place what the word becomes when it is spoken’
Non-Places: an introduction to supermodernity (p64-65)