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This street is one of the main linkages connecting visitors and residents to the Zócalo, the historic central square that dates back to the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. As part of the holistic revitalization process of the district, the city looked to test the viability of pedestrianization on Calle Madero. The experiment began with a temporary closure to vehicles once per week. Although there was initial skepticism stemming from business owners as to the fate of their revenues, even the most vocal critics soon saw the positive effect that prioritizing pedestrians had on their businesses. Within three months the street was entirely pedestrianized.
The city undertook additional measures to ensure full integration of the street into pedestrian life, such as eliminating the curb between the sidewalk and street to create one level area dedicated to people. The changes have also sparked newfound interest and investment in the area. For example, during the 1985 earthquake that destroyed much of Mexico City, a building collapsed and was subsequently turned into a parking lot, but today that parking lot has been converted into a children’s playground.
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.
Across many cultures and times – since the beginning of civilization, in fact – the street has held vast social, commercial, and political significance as a powerful symbol of the public realm.
Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your experience at a station that is a place. Memorable and enjoyable stations and stops that create value for neighborhoods are perfectly attainable. In fact, a transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a setting for community interaction, a place that fosters a diversity of activities.