Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you stories about transforming parking spots to bike lanes, re-designing cities for the elderly and creating spaces for peace, dialogue and coexistence.
San Francisco is moving forward with a plan to add protected bike lanes on Polk Street, one of the busiest cycling corridors in the city, but the decision didn’t come easy. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the plan endured about 2.5 years of debate. At the center of the dispute was an objection to the loss of on-street parking spaces by local merchants (via Citylab).
City centres have become age-cleansed youth enclaves designed for a mythical average person – super mobile, without dependants or disabilities but with a cast-iron bladder. Yet, for those aged over 65 the city is an inhospitable place, with cluttered streets, uneven pavements, poor lighting and signage (via The Guardian).
Last year, Venezuela became an urban laboratory for architects and urban designers who believe in the implementation of participatory processes and collaborative design techniques in order to change communities who live under threat (via this big city).
Photo by Leon Fishman from Flickr CC
Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects