Open Streets gets featured by World Cup Press
With all the press running around Brazil looking for something to write about other than Suarez’ biting habit, Sam Borden of the NY Times stumbled upon an Open Street in Såo Paolo. The story describes an elevated expressway that is shut down at night and on Sundays and holidays. The locals use it for play–futbol of course–bike riding, picnicking and strolling. Sanctioned shutting down of streets is widespread in Latin America, with the international group, Ciclovias Recreativas, spreading how-to and encouragement as well as tracking the movement. I’ve written about this movement here and here. Turning streets into havens for people, even if temporarily, is immensely popular. Last week’s Sunday Parkways event in North Portland drew its biggest crowd ever–the beautiful summer weather didn’t hurt.