In Bogotá the Porvenir Promenade, an 18 km pedestrian street was built through many neighborhoods that did not even have pavement in their streets. It was a project for the people, not the motor vehicles. PUBLIC SPACE
PUBLIC SPACE Why is public space important in a city with many other problems? It is during leisure times that income differences are felt more acutely. While higher income citizens have access to large houses, clubs, country houses, vacations, lower income citizens only alternative to television is public pedestrian space.
Cars on sidewalks or parking bays where there should be sidewalks suggest that citizens with cars are more important than those who don’t have them. PUBLIC SPACE
In our daily life we may be separated by income and hierarchies, but in public space we meet as equals. PUBLIC SPACE
No mayor will be much loved or remembered for having built a highway. Instead, he-she who creates a quality pedestrian space is long remembered. PUBLIC SPACE
Roads and most things Governments do, are a MEANS to an end. PUBLIC PEDESTRIAN SPACE IS AN END IN ITSELF. It is not a means to eventual better life. It is quality of life in itself, and yields happiness for generations and generations. PUBLIC SPACE
Waterfronts, specially in cities, are special, magic and unique. PUBLIC SPACE: WATERFRONTS
Traffic engineers like to build roads next to waterfronts because there are few intersections. But many cities regret deeply having built motor-car roads next to their waterfronts. PUBLIC SPACE: WATERFRONTS