The participatory process to renew Via Laietana gets under wayThe public debate on the street calming project for Via Laietana is now under way, with a participatory process involving local residents, shopkeepers and entities. The goal is to establish design criteria which satisfy the needs of those who use the road on a daily basis and enhance connections between adjacent neighbourhoods.
During the presentation of the participatory process by the Monitoring Commission for the Via Laietana, made up of different entities and residents’ associations, the municipal government set out four initial scenarios based around widening footpaths as a starting point for the future distribution of the area. The proposals are not firm, the idea being to allow an analysis of the current situation and present different scenarios to participants.
An initial information session was also held by the Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera Neighbourhood Council, with another to be held by the Gòtic Neighbourhood Council. At the same time, between now and September there will be themed routes and workshops with all groups involved, in order to gather proposals for the overall project on what the street should be like. Information stands will also be set up at the Mercat de Santa Caterina and the Escola Cervantes.
The methodology for the process includes the gender perspective and will be developed in line with the new municipal participation regulations, for which the Decidim Barcelona platform is already adapted. The prevision is for the results of the participatory process to be made public in October, providing the basis for the renewal project, which will be executed during the next term of office.
Initial work to start in the summer
In parallel with the participatory process to renew the Via Laietana, the City Council will also be carrying out some preliminary improvement work in the area:
- Pavements in the street will be renewed in August. This will improve accessibility and mobility, facilitating connections between the Gòtic neighbourhood and the adjacent Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera neighbourhood. Specifically, the intersections where work will be carried out are: C/ Tomàs Mieres, C/ Julià Portet and C/ Doctor Joaquim Pou, C/ Jaume I and Plaça de l’Àngel, and also C/ Princesa, C/ Manresa, C/ Àngel J. Baixeras, C/ Joan Massana and C/ Consolat de Mar. The work covers an area of 3,000 square metres and involves an investment of 1.2 million euros.
- Work to renew Plaça d’Antoni Maura will also start in October. This project includes a new central pedestrian crossing, radically changing the look of the square. This should substantially alter the space for pedestrians, improving connections between neighbourhoods, with the semi-circular traffic islands being eliminated and pavements widened. The taxi rank and two TMB bus stops will also be repositioned, with the tourist bus stop and the reserved coach parking zone also being eliminated. Work should take seven months and involves an investment of 1.9 million euros.
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