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49 incredible public-space transformations captured by Google Street View

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urb-i public space transformations; Place du Palais, Bordeaux, France

Cities are built for humans.

But if you look at the layout of most of them, it looks like they're made for cars.

Seeing that, a Brazilian urban planning collective called Urb-i (shorthand for Urban Ideas) set out to show examples of people-friendly spaces with a before-and-after gallery of Google Street View images revealing the most stunning public space transformations from around the world.

The results give us hope that our cities are becoming better places to live.

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We are a society "addicted to cars," according to the four young founders of Urb-i.

Yuval Fogelson, Carolina Guido, Fernanda Mercês, and Rodolfo Macedo founded Urb-i in 2015.



Traffic lanes and parking take precedent over green spaces and outdoor seating. People traveling on foot are quarantined to tiny sidewalks.



It just doesn't seem fair. Fortunately, the founders of Urb-i have an addiction of their own ...



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