Belgium takes a leap of faith into green street parking

Source:  thinkingcities.com
Source: thinkingcities.com

For the Belgian town of Ghent, population of 600,000, the idea was simple: create a car-free street during the summer months and let the community decide what to do with the space.

For a period of two months, 25 streets have been transformed into a perfect playground for kids.  The crux of the idea is:  “cars out and carpet in.”  The Living Street movement was born.

According to betterworldsolutions.edu, not only does the Living Street movement create space within the city, but it also strengthens social cohesion, unity, interaction and active participation in the community.  The asphalt was covered with green astro turf ‘carpet’ and tables and benches were scattered to create a social streetscape.  And the community played.

Green living at its best.

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