Asi podriamos tener el Rio de la Piedad, con su corriente de agua y su bancos peatonalizados y luciendo vegetacion en vez del viaducto con sus muros de concreto y una inacabable corriente de autos.
Many times when we read about a project we only see part of the story. We read opinions, analyses and some key figures. However, there is always part of the story that is untold or complex to experience from outside. For many years I wanted to walk through the Cheonggyecheon stream restoration project in Seoul. Finally in May, I was able to visit this urban project.
This project has been widely promoted in media as a “successful” urban intervention that transformed a second floor highway for cars into a grandiose public space for the city. Before the intervention this space was filled with 170 thousand cars everyday. Today, the second floor highway doesn’t exist and 10,9 km of public space with a clear stream has appeared in the middle of Seoul. The project generated 113 thousand new jobs along it and the park has 75 thousand visits every weekend.
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