Car free Sunday in Bristol and Public Spaces in Toronto

Parts of Church St. to be transformed into public space in Toronto:

Parts of Church St. to be transformed into public space

Church Street is about to get a shot of neighbourhoodiness and people power. Several parking spots in the village are going to get a makeover in July and August: they’ll be transformed from camping spots for cars into resting places for humans. That’s to say, they’re going to be turned into mini-patios, or “parklets.”

Eight parklets will be installed on the east side of the street. One will take over six parking spots between Wellesley and Maitland, and another will span seven spots between Maitland and Alexander. There will be more just north of Wellesley, in between Gloucester and Monteith Streets.

This is the first time in Toronto that parking spaces will give way to human spaces, though the project does takes its inspiration from last year’s Celebrate Yonge experiment (pictured above). The parklets will sit on wooden patios that will be level with sidewalks. They’ll feature tables, benches and chairs, and planters for that jungle vibe. (No piglets, though). Half of the patios will be extensions to pre-existing patios for businesses along the stretch, and the rest will notably be unlicensed places for members of the public to chill.

What do you think? Will this makeover infuse new life into the Village? 

See more – http://www.blogto.com/city/2013/06/parts_of_church_st_to_be_transformed_into_public_space/

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Bristol car-free Sunday closes roads

Bristol car-free Sunday closes roads ( I recommend reading the comments they are quire interesting)

Roads in part of Bristol city centre have been closed in the city’s first car-free Sunday.

Baldwin Street, King Street and Corn Street are among the roads shut to traffic in Mayor George Ferguson’s Make Sunday Special initiative.

Some people claim Mr Ferguson – who was closing the roads from 09:00 to 18:00 BST – is anti-motorist.

But he has hailed the day a great success and said he is not concerned about the critics.

It is the first of five monthly events – costing a total of £195,000 – aimed at opening up the centre of Bristol for pedestrians.

Mr Ferguson said: “This is all about the people, cities are made up of people, not buildings and cars, and this is a wonderful demonstration and wherever I go I have been stopped by people being enthusiastic about it.

“If it has worked like this in this weather, it is going to be absolutely tremendous in finer weather.” Continue Reading….. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-22982940

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