The Urbanist

Pedestrian zones

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8 August 2019

Episode 408

30 minutes

To make their centres more liveable, cities across the globe are looking to reduce the dominance of cars by creating pedestrian-only streets, plazas and walkways. They’re at the forefront of many urban-improvement initiatives so we take a look at where they have come from and why people love them or loathe them.

8 August 2019

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Chapter 1

Brussels’ pedestrian zone

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The Belgian capital is in the process of implementing one of the world’s largest pro-pedestrian urban transformations. Andrew Tuck is joined by Emily Macintosh, a journalist in Brussels.

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Hanoi’s Walking Streets

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Hanoi bans vehicles from its Old Town every weekend as part of its Walking Streets initiative. Monocle’s Nic Monisse takes us on a tour.

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State Street, Chicago

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Chicago closed iconic State Street to cars in 1979 but by the mid-1990s they had returned. Robert Bruegmann from the University of Illinois at Chicago talks to Andrew Tuck about what went wrong.

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Skywalks in Hong Kong

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James Chambers, Monocle’s Hong Kong bureau chief, is in the studio to talk about the city’s intricate network of elevated pedestrian bridges. It’s possible to move around the city without ever touching the street.

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