No Cars = Win

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It’s amazing what can happen when you give the streets back to people. ¬†Little Collins Street, Melbourne, was closed to traffic this week during construction works on Elizabeth Street – I wonder if it was a permanent measure how the street life would change. You only need to look a couple of blocks across to Bourke Street, Degraves Street et al. to see how people flock to reclaimed street space.

The mass urbanisation of our age means we have to think about streets differently; as not just a thoroughfare for cars but as important spaces of the city. See below how New York City is leading the way in reclaiming street space with their typical ‘just-get-it-done’ attitude.

 

And on a much smaller scale, but with similarly telling results, comes the story of Groningen, a city that refused to let the car rule.

2 Comments on “No Cars = Win

  1. I’ve yet to hear a good reason why we can’t pedestrianise / cyclify Melbourne. The most vibrant spaces don’t have cars. The best retail precincts don’t have cars. Let’s take a rectangle from Little Bourke to Flinders, Swanston to Queen and take out all cars. That part of the city would BOOM!