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What New York Can Learn from Barcelona's 'Superblocks'

September 30, 2016

Winnie Hu

BARCELONA — Imagine if streets were for strolling, intersections were for playing and cars were almost never allowed.

While it sounds like a pedestrian's daydream, and a driver's nightmare, it is becoming a reality here in Spain's second-largest city, a densely packed metropolis of 1.6 million on the Mediterranean. Ever since the 1992 Summer Olympics focused global attention here, this thriving center of tourism, culture and business — often viewed as a hipper, more easygoing cousin to Madrid, the Spanish capital — has seen its popularity soar along with congestion on its streets and sidewalks...


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