Who are streets for?

Silver Spring, USA ,2021

This example shows the very flexible nature of #streetsexperiments, which allows to adapt urban environments to new situations and to what is considered right for the moment – whether it is used for cars or people.

For the past 17 years, Ellsworth Drive in @dtsilverspring has been closed to cars, creating a successful shopping street and vibrant #publicspace. During the Covid 19 pandemic, in direct contrast to many other streets around the world, this street was reopened to cars for curbside pickup – resulting in many cars parking for hours instead of just a few minutes.

Now it’s been pedestrianized once again and returns more beautiful than ever with a #streetmural created by @chalkriot. The design was inspired by sound and electricity waves. People can pick a color and follow it in zigzagging motions throughout the 350-foot-strech. For us, it also illustrates the sometimes chaotic and non-linear way we must go to finally achieve #streetsforpeople and #livablecities.

What do you think?

Photos by: @adam_brockett

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