Urban residents are also put off walking by issues such as cleanliness of streets, lack of amenities within walking distance and poor quality pavements.
Economic challenges have not dampened the creativity of Spaniards, with urban citizens embracing solutions like ride sharing and urban gardening to make the most of increasingly limited resources. Check out more in our latest post.
Just like Gaudi’s masterpiece, a city’s identity remains under construction.
Barcelona’s metro tells it like it is. // 你的方向，決定你的故事。
'Barcelona is ready for innovation, and wants to become a smart city.'
This video is a few weeks old now, but it’s a really great idea that’s worth sharing again. Instead of street lights that are always on, Barcelona has installed these motion sensitive lights on one of their streets - providing lighting only when someone is nearby.
Initially, I was a little concerned by this idea. A well-lit street is a safer street, but these lights have a broad enough range to provide lighting in advance of someone walking under them so my concerns were short-lived.
By Joe Peach