The future pedestrian boulevards of the Brussels City Center will be the stage for recreational and cultural activities throughout the summer. Officially, the date of pedestrianization of the space opened June 29th. The city kicked-off the launch with a series of events related to being a pedestrian, led by a performance by the “Standing Man,” a giant wicker marionette standing 8 meters (roughly 26 feet) tall.
June 29th marked a period of three months of demonstrations and cultural and recreational activities facilitated by temporary street furniture. The definitive physical transformation of the boulevards will come later. From the 29th of June onward, the new traffic circulation plan will come into effect for a test period of 8 months, during which the request for an urban planning redevelopment permit will be submitted.
During the Fall, preliminary work will begin to waterproof the tunnel and premetro stations running north-south. The beginning of the official work is set for Spring 2016, with the work ending in Autumn 2018. During this period, eight distinct temporary spaces will be developed to accentuate the appeal of the city. There will be, amongst others, a welcome space embellished with picnic tables, an area dedicated to roller skaters and bikes, a stage at the Place de la Bourse, a game area for children at the intersection of Marché aux Poulets Street, an area for sports, and an urban lounge.
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Original article, originally published in French, here.
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