DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIAN ZONES: EXPERIENCES IN GERMANY

This report points out the fact that in Germany most large cities (100,000 or more population) have pedestrian zones, whereas in the United States the establishment of pedestrian zones, which is relatively scarce, has been considered most appropriate for small and moderately-sized towns. In the U.S. only 17 cities of 100,000 or more population were reported to have pedestrianized main streets in March 1974. The impetus for the establishment of pedestrian zones in Germany has come from municipal administrators rather than from the business community. The decision to pedestrianize was considered an organizational measure to improve the urban infrastructure, with the community as a whole being the beneficiary. Following an outline of the basic configuration of a typical Germany pedestrian zone, a discussion is made of the benefits obtaind and various examples are cited. It is emphasized that "pedestrianization, if it is to mean anything, must be a process which transforms important portions of the urban fabric into such a condition that the space can be experienced and used with pleasure by individual citizens."

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    Urban Land Institute

    1200 18th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036
  • Authors:
    • Wiedenhoeft, R
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 3-11
  • Serial:
    • Urban Land
    • Volume: 34
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Urban Land Institute
    • ISSN: 0042-0891

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096047
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM