“In Mexico City, planners turn vacant space under freeways into places to work, dine, play”
Nick Miroff. May 29, 2013
Mexico City — You can’t get something out of nothing. This is common sense, not to mention a principle of physics and mathematics.
Yet the amazing science of Mexico City’s real estate development obeys no such laws.
Urban planners here, in one of the world’s most populous and crowded cities, have found a way to add thousands of square feet of new commercial and recreational space. And it isn’t costing local government a cent.
Their gambit is called Under Bridges (“Bajo Puentes”), and it’s a simple idea: Convert the vacant, trash-strewn lots beneath Mexico City’s overpasses and freeways into shopping plazas, public playgrounds and outdoor cafes.”
Photo: Dominic Bracco II / Prime - A man rests on one of the new park benches in one of Mexico City overpass developments on May 27.
via massurban & Washington Post
Mushinews: This is so interesting! I come from Caracas, a city which has grown too much too fast in the recent decades, and which is slowly being eaten up by concrete landscapes. The bashing lack of urban planning has led to a loss and decay of community spaces (as well as crime rates). This is a very efficient idea to claim those spaces, give them to the community and foster some sustainability. Work!