The Living Streets Project in Belgium Turns Roads Into Summer Parks

By: Ady Floyd - Sep 8, 2015
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The Belgian city of Ghent transformed 22 streets into playful parks and outdoor relaxation ares as part of its Living Streets project. The project aims to encourage a sustainable future by ridding the streets of cars and toxic car emissions.

The streets were completely transformed by adding grass, picnic tables, benches and playgrounds for children. The entire scene was a summer stay-cation for the city. With this gesture, Living Streets not only encouraged environmentally friendly acts, but it also solidified the city's sense of community.

The large city-wide car-free initiative was created by Lab of Troy. The ultimate goal is to create the ideal city of tomorrow. By creating an environment that disregards cars it allows citizens to fully understand the effects of pollution through hands-on experiences and exercises.