Barcelona has reclaimed around eight hectares of the cityscape from motor vehicles. Barcelona has reclaimed around eight hectares of the cityscape from motor vehicles. This space will be transformed into sidewalks, playgrounds, bike lanes or restaurant terraces. However, the changes have drawn criticism from a prominent regional business lobby. When Spain lifted its strict pandemic lockdown in the middle of last year, residents of Barcelona found some of their streets were not as they remembered them. The Consell de Cent, a broad street that runs through the city centre, had lost two of its three car lanes to a widened sidewalk now painted yellow. Originally described as provisional by city authorities, the changes are still in place a year later despite opposition from some business groups. More is to come under a plan to convert 21 streets, totalling 33 km (20 miles), into pedestrian green spaces. The project illustrates how the pandemic has influenced urban planning across the world, accelerating changes such as more bike lanes and fewer cars amid growing concern about climate change. Since March 2020, Barcelona has reclaimed around eight hectares of the cityscape from motor vehicles, transforming it into sidewalks, playgrounds, bike lanes or restaurant […]

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