Friends of Open Streets


Guillaume de Bassompierre wrote on May 12, 2014 04:30:

In my hometown of Brussels, at the initiative of neighbors (but now supported in a major way by the City's communes), streets can be closed off once a year for a "meet-your-neighbors" day. Everyone - within the limits of their abilities - puts out a table in front of their house/apartment building and offers tea/coffee/goodies/whatever they like for their neighbors to enjoy. This favors meaningful exchanges, encourages conversations, gets the kids to play in the street safely and just provides a nice opportunity to meet, with the ultimate aim, of course, being the further integration of neighborhoods and communities. This works best in small streets in dense areas but could be replicated pretty much anywhere really. Why not try to launch this in Cape Town? A few successful examples could spread like wildfire...

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