The Key to Safe Streets: Five Cities Humanizing Street Design
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Gamla Stan

Stockholm

Sweden

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
May 18, 2005
December 14, 2017

Stockholm's charming old town has some streets that are so narrow, some broad-shouldered people need to walk sideways.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Gamla Stan is a small island in the middle of Stockholm. With narrow stone streets (the narrowest is 90 cm wide) and old buildings, this is a charming area to walk about. You can get there on the T, or just by walking across one of the four short bridges that separates the island from the rest of Stockholm.

Many tourists simply follow the main street, Vasterlanggatan, where there are lots of boutiques, souvenir shops and restaurants. But the quieter, less touristy areas of the island have historic medieval architecture and cobblestone lanes that are dying to be explored.

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Photo credits, from top: Christine Fisher via PlanPhilly, Grays Ferry Triangles Project via Facebook, Laura Blanchard via Flickr, Geoff Kees Thompson via This Old City, Nidhi Gulati, Nidhi Gulati

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