Featured Vid #445 – Superblocks: How Barcelona Is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

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There’s no doubt that, in modern cities across the world, cars dominate most of the street area. Of course, this is because cars are currently most people’s dominant mode of transportation, and if a location is to be accessible it has to be accessible by car. But as anyone who has lived or traveled in one of these cities knows, simply walking around can feel almost claustrophobic in the amount of space dedicated to pedestrians.

Not only that, but large cities have also become major pollution problem areas, car largely contributing to that. The fascinating, well-made video above, made by Vox, talks about one strategy that Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, is attempting to implement to reduce air pollution and make more space for pedestrians: superblocks.

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