What are our streets for?

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces but are also one of the most contested and overlooked. Today, and for most of the last century, we have taken for granted the idea that our streets are primarily zones for cars, parking, and transporting goods. This has not been the case, however, throughout most of history. Across many cultures and times – since the beginning of civilization – the street has held vast social, commercial, and political significance as a powerful symbol of the public realm.

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