Green Living Streets in Belgium: cars out, carpet in
For a period of two months, 25 streets in Ghent (Belgium) are transformed to the perfect play ground for kids.
The streets are closed to traffic.
The asphalt is covered with a green carpet. Neighbors made scattered tables and benches with wooden pallets. Street Live is returning, and even the opponents are turning – slowly.
Nowadays the traffic is too dangerous and parents are too afraid to let the children play outside.
In this Living Street, kids can play outside again.
The city of Ghent has more and more Living Streets. Started as an experiment with two streets in 2013, in 2014 already ten blocks have been joining; This year there are 25 Living Streets. Other cities are showing interest.
2 months car-free
The idea is simple: create a car-free street for two months and let the people decide what to do with the space. Each Live Street looks different:
- The multicultural street ‘Wasstraat’ looks like a festival meadow, chaotic but cozy
- The ‘Kozijntjesstraat’ in the center – with a petanque field and a chalk wall – looks as a design street.
- The ‘Meibloemstraat’ – with its green carpet and picnic benches – is mainly a playground for the children
The Living Streets are trendy because they touch many questions:
- They create green space in the city
- They are a trigger to experiment with alternative forms of mobility
- They strengthen social cohesion and civic participations
The Living Streets are devised and run by the residents.
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