Streetfilms: Car-Free in Curitiba

A key corridor in a large city is cited as a prime spot to replace auto traffic with people-friendly space. Local leaders move on the idea and, once underway, the physical transition comes quickly. Cars are supplanted by street furniture and people. Critics complain, fearing negative impact on area business.

If this sounds familiar, it’s probably not what you think. Streetfilms’ Elizabeth Press explains:

Rua XV de Novembro (15th of November Street) is one of the major
streets in downtown Curitiba. In 1972 under the direction of then Mayor
Jaime Lerner, it became the first major pedestrian street in Brazil. The first phase of closing the street took place in only 72 hours.

"At
first the project was unpopular," Elizabeth continues, "but today is seen as a success and
spans 15 blocks." 

Curitiba: another stop on the "Mexico City hop."

  • Wow, this is absolutely impressive! Very, very cool. I want to go there!

  • Notice the road surface.

    They put in a stone mozaic with drawings, the same type installed in Brazilian cities 100+ years ago, it looks classy.

    Also note that in the middle there is a red path with bumps which is used by the blind, as their walking sticks can follow an uninterrupted path. Its a level of accessibility unmatched anywhere in America.

  • Patrick

    Go to europe every city has a closed street?? Thats so yesterday!!

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