Skip to Content
Streetsblog California home
Streetsblog California home
Log In
Streetsblog USA

Photographic Proof That America Can Make Streets for People Instead of Cars

Whitney Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut
Walking across Whitney Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut, got a lot more inviting with these sidewalk extensions and painted crosswalks. Before/after via Google Street View and URB-I
false

Need some inspiration to make your city's streets safer and more inviting?

Here's a good place to start: URB-I, a collective of urban designers based in São Paulo, has been collecting before and after images of street transformations using Google Street View's time lapse feature. The stockpile has grown to include 1,000 places around the world, including 107 in the United States. Below we've curated a selection of street redesign porn from URB-I's library.

Like this one from Chicago -- a parking crater by W Monroe Street transformed into a park:

West Monroe Street in Chicago via URB-I
false

Also from Chicago -- painted sidewalk extensions made the "Lincoln Hub," a six-pointed intersection, safer for pedestrians:

West Wellington Avenue in Chicago.
false

A major expansion of pedestrian space on Market Street in Philly:

Market Street in Philly
false

What a difference some tables, chairs, planters, and bollards make by Gansevoort Street in Manhattan:

Gansevoort Street, New York City
false

Here's the area around Beale Street in San Francisco with and without an elevated road:

Beale Street, San Francisco
false

More space for walking, less for cars on Broadway in Seattle:

Broadway in Seattle
false

A new public plaza by Griffith Park Boulevard in Los Angeles:

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 4.12.32 PM
false

It's not just coastal cities on URB-I's map -- here's a pedestrian-friendly overhaul of Indianapolis's West Georgia Street:

West Georgia Street in Indianapolis
false

Another parking crater transformation -- the Ohio River Scenic Byway on the Cincinnati waterfront.

Ohio River Scenic Byway, Cincinnati
false

And here's the Detroit Riverwalk by Atwater Street:

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 4.13.45 PM
false

This collection barely scratches the surface of what you can find in URB-I's catalogue, which includes hundreds of international examples.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog California

‘The Bike Is the Cure’: New Congressional Bike Caucus Chair Mike Thompson Reps Northern CA

Meet the incoming co-chair of the congressional bike caucus — and learn more about how he's getting other legislators riding.

April 15, 2024

Monday’s Headlines

Why drivers block sidewalks instead of parking in their garages; Santa Rose police easily nab distracted drivers; Cars are $$$$; EV owners are making electricity cheaper for everyone; More

April 15, 2024

CA High-Speed Rail Takes a Step Towards Acquiring Trains

The contract calls for two prototype trainsets for testing to be delivered by 2028, and four trainsets to be used on the "early operating segment" between Merced and Bakersfield, ready between 2030 and 2033.

April 12, 2024

Measure HLA Is Now Officially Law for L.A. City

Check the city maps to find what bus, bike, and walk improvements are coming to streets in your neighborhood

April 12, 2024
See all posts