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Paving the way

Venezuela [URBAN PLANNING]

Sabana Grande, the car-free shopping street in the centre of Caracas, is being rebuilt to remove the obstacles which had made this pedestrianised zone a hazard for those on foot. A long, walkable street is big news in a city where pavements are often missing, broken or covered in parked vehicles.

It’s obvious what needed to be done,” says Cheo Carvajal from “El Nacional” newspaper. But with local government fractured between five borough mayors, a city mayor and a regional governor, planning and execution are slow.

 

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About Steven Bodzin

Steven Bodzin is a reporter. He blogged when he was a freelancer.

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