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Old July 27th, 2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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New pedestrian streets / squares in your city

Post informations about streets / squares etc. which were converted to pedastrian zone during this and last year.

Write also about plans to create new pedastrian zones
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Old July 27th, 2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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Not a new pedestrian zone new but a current enlargement of an existing pedestrian zone in Vienna, the Favoritenstraße (a shopping street in a workers district)

Photos from the new part.









EDIT: I hope its no large crime to post it here as it has been finished already at the end of 2005.

There are plans to create a pedestrian zone in a new yet to be constructed satellite town within Vienna, it will take however around 20 years until it may be realized.

The existing central pedestrian zone will see a completely new pavement and design until next year.
Constructions in the first phase started this month.

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Old July 27th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #3
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Qianmen Jie in Beijing. Just got a complete face lift and restoration.

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Old July 27th, 2008, 11:32 PM   #4
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Not a new pedestrian zone new but a current enlargement of an existing pedestrian zone in Vienna, the Favoritenstraße (a shopping street in a workers district)
I think it would be nice to connect this pedastrian street to new entry to Wien Sud. station.

Where exactly the new one pedastrian zones (the one in map) would be located (You wrote about satellite town within Vienna - whoch one?)
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Qianmen Jie in Beijing. Just got a complete face lift and restoration.
Can You tell something more about thath tramway line?
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Old July 28th, 2008, 02:00 AM   #6
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we have a seawall - pedestrian walkway that goes around most of the city

some of the older but newest sections






the far end of this pic the walkway is being extended and will go around the new conference centre under construction and to the old convention centre



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Old July 28th, 2008, 02:36 AM   #7
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Can You tell something more about thath tramway line?
Sorry, don't know much about the tramway line as I will visit this place not before September.
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Old July 28th, 2008, 03:49 AM   #8
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First, the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street as I remember when I moved to Toronto 23 years ago. I do not know who took the photos, as I got them off the web:





Yonge-Dundas Square as it looks today! These are my pictures:

























and a picture by a clever photographer- _planet_day_01



How is that for a transformation?
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Old July 28th, 2008, 01:56 PM   #9
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I think it would be nice to connect this pedastrian street to new entry to Wien Sud. station.
Actually thats what this enlargemet is. You may know that the Südbahnhof is going to be demolished soon and a new main station for entire Vienna will be constructed slightly westwards of it directly at the Südtirolerplatz. The new enlargement of the Favoritensraße pedestrian zone is leading to that Südtirolerplatz.

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Where exactly the new one pedastrian zones (the one in map) would be located (You wrote about satellite town within Vienna - whoch one?)
The map did not show the new pedestrian zone in the district that does not even exist yet, but the construction phase plan for the overhaul of the existing most central parts of the pedestrian zone in the first district.

Regarding the new satellite town. Its the city development "Flugfeld Aspern". Its in the north east of the city territory and will be in a location from where you can get within 30 min not only to the city center but also to the main railway station of Bratislava.

The entire thing is still in the masterplan phase, so don't bet your head on it. Its furthermore (logically) the last phase of the development as you can't put a successfull pedestrian zone onto empty fields. Furthermore it will be in the beginning not purely pedestrian but open to limited car traffic. As soon as the pedestrian business allows it, ie when the district is nearing completion, the plan foresees a real pedestrian shopping street with a tram line.

Here a picture of the pedestrian shopping street according to the masterplan:
Its going from the railway station square in the north down to the lakeside in the south.



If you want to see it in the context of the entire development have a look here: http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q...ld-Aspern2.jpg
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Old July 29th, 2008, 01:48 AM   #10
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T-dot - Looking real good.
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Time for the nygirl to bring her glamorous self back to TO for a visit!!

some pics from an office tower I took of the new square:



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While it looks great, but it does not look like a pedestrian zone or street, rather like a common urban square. Of course the term square means something else than a simple traffic crossing.

Having that said its great to see how central urban places are made very attractive again.
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I see your point, if the definition of pedestrian zone is a former traffic street blocked off to vehicles.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 08:59 PM   #14
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The Comcast Center in Philadelphia's base has become quite the urban square.
These are from when it first opened. Apparently every night it is jammed with people at the many outdoor restaurants.



The Philadelphia waterworks restaurant is a major highlight along the newly finished Schuylkill River trail.


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Old August 8th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #15
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The capital of the Bundesland Lower Austria (Austria is made up by nine of those Bundesländer which are a bit comparable to the states in the US) is the city of St. Pölten which is pretty small for being a capital for 1.5 mio people with 50 000 inhabitants.

St. Pölten is according to its new masterplan of inner city development enlarging its pedestrian zone by about 1/3 including the second main square, the Domplatz, which currently is pretty much abused as large parking spot and only gets to live each Thursday when parts of it are cleared for a market.

At the same time the main railwaystation faces a major and substantial overhaul. Its main entrance will be directly connected with the pedestrian zone.



Legend:
green - existing pedestrian zone
violett - enlargement of pedestrian zone
EKZ - shopping mall
Kremser Gasse - the main shopping street
Rathausplatz - city hall square
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While it looks great, but it does not look like a pedestrian zone or street, rather like a common urban square. Of course the term square means something else than a simple traffic crossing.

Having that said its great to see how central urban places are made very attractive again.
Title of the thread:

New pedastrian streets / squares in your city

Definition of a square:

an open area or plaza in a city or town, formed by the meeting or intersecting of two or more streets and often planted with grass, trees, etc., in the center.

This:



Looks like a square.
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Hey, sorry for that, I saw my mistake just a few days ago. Yes the title includes squares as well so I stay corrected.

PS: I never doubted that its a square, a great looking one as well.
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^ might have been a bit snippy on my part, apologies. It is much too late to be up...
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The capital of the Bundesland Lower Austria (Austria is made up by nine of those Bundesländer which are a bit comparable to the states in the US) is the city of St. Pölten which is pretty small for being a capital for 1.5 mio people with 50 000 inhabitants.

St. Pölten is according to its new masterplan of inner city development enlarging its pedestrian zone by about 1/3 including the second main square, the Domplatz, which currently is pretty much abused as large parking spot and only gets to live each Thursday when parts of it are cleared for a market.

At the same time the main railwaystation faces a major and substantial overhaul. Its main entrance will be directly connected with the pedestrian zone.
Legend:
green - existing pedestrian zone
violett - enlargement of pedestrian zone
EKZ - shopping mall
Kremser Gasse - the main shopping street
Rathausplatz - city hall square
St. Pölten's masterplan looks great
This year I visited Villach. I think thath Villach should make similar masterplan and create new pedastrian zone to connect railway station with existing pedestrian zone.
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Hartford: State House Square








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