Barcelona's building blocks for a lively city


Barcelona's building blocks for a lively city

Metro Toronto

The Spanish city of Barcelona was first settled thousands of years ago, but it's a more recent resident that has made its mark: cars. The metropolitan area's 3.2 million people deal with skyrocketing air and noise pollution, slow commutes and traffic accidents. As cities across the world shift the focus of roads away from vehicles and back to citizens, Barcelona is taking its tactics to the next level: building so-called superblocks and carving out space for street life.


A city plan calls for six new superblocks by 2018. More of a cultural shift than a building proposal, it merges nine blocks into one, relegating vehicles to the periphery, with some excpetions. Speed limits are lowered from 30-50 km/h to 10 km/h.


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