Type
Videos
Author
Elizabeth Press
Organization
StreetFilms.org (USA)
Published in
2009
Submitted by
Peter Midgley
Related theme(s)
Urban Mobility
Region
Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)
Country
Brazil

Jaime Lerner on Making Curitiba's First Pedestrian Street

Rua XV de Novembro (15th of November Street) is a vital artery through downtown Curitiba. In 1972 under the direction of then Mayor Jaime Lerner, it became the first major pedestrian street in Brazil. The first phase of closing the street to automobiles and opening it to people took place in only 72 hours. The pedestrian plaza spans 15 blocks, and although it was initially unpopular, it is now a central meeting spot and the epicenter of local businesses in the center of Curitiba.