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Setting an Eixample: Barcelona to put ambitious ‘green zone’ plan in motion

Covid-19 pandemic lockdown has thrust Spanish city’s urban greening plan into the fast lane

Sophie Davies

One of Barcelona’s largest parks, named after Spanish painter Joan Miro, is just a stone’s throw from the busy crossroads between Consell de Cent and Rocafort streets, but here you could be mistaken for thinking nature is a million miles away.

That could be about to change under an ambitious new 10-year plan, unveiled by Barcelona City Hall in November, aimed at drastically cutting traffic and expanding green spaces in the central district of Eixample.

The €38m (R715.5m) plan aims to turn one in three streets in the densely populated residential and commercial area into green zones...

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