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Superblocks: How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars - YouTube

Modern cities are designed for cars. But the city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians. Read more: http...

Monty, Sep 27, 2016
Myname, kipate and veija2 like this.
    • Alex24
      Seen that. Nice vid but I am unhappy with them using the term "superblock" for it, since it initially had a different meaning.
    • Kurtis Edwards
      @Alex24 Kind of agree. The name change could be easy though. Just call them community blocks or something. The idea of not strategically placing them in already gentrified areas only is a key idea though.
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      I like the approach within Barcelona, but I am quite ubsure that a similar approach could work in an American city. Except for New York, most city cores in the US lack a similar structure, as mentioned in the video.
    • Kurtis Edwards
      @kipate True, Kipate. This would only work in urbanizsed (urban core centers) of American cities. It wouls be increasingly challenging to do this as you moved out from the inner-city areas. American cities are just spread out so widely. However, with America's grid dominant structure, our neighborhoods already have an implicit structure of mile roads squares being major thru-fares, with smaller roads, insets, and cross-streets (12 blocks to a mile most times) in between.
    • kipate
      @Kurtis Edwards , may I ask for your meaning regarding the term "neighbourhood"? Suburbs or cores?

      I recently looked up some core of American cities, and most cores were unfortunately ripped apart by the Urban Cannibal aka The Freeway, mostly sunken. Hence to me, these cores will only offer just a few opportunities for the shown superblock.

      Also, it really depends on the structure of the blocks, as you mention it. If the subcentral districts, which are not that much ripped apart, have rather square like blocks, the superblock structure could be implemented. With lengthy blocks, it will probably not work as intended.
    • Kurtis Edwards
      @kipate In America the term "urban core" isn't exclusive to just the downtown area. It remotely follows that older, existing neighborhoods closer to the center and devoid of 'suburban' tracts along with a high degree of mix-use property constitutes an urban core area. So areas like an 'uptown', 'midtown', or 'inner-suburbs' are often apart of the urban core. In the states if we mean just the downtown area we will typically say central business district (CBD) or downtown. But, in the states an urban core includes a lot more than just downtown.

      Neighborhood - it's a bit lax here in the states, but generally an area of about 9 blocks like this Barcelona video is about the right size for an American neighborhood, relatively speaking.
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