The city of 2050: Less smog, more bikes and hyper-local living

POLITICO | When urban planning experts imagine what European cities will be like 30 years from now, they don’t have sci-fi visions of flying cars or pneumatic tubes shooting people across town.

Instead, they dream of urban centers that are very similar to today’s but where public space is employed in a radically different way.

Structurally, streets, avenues and boulevards remain the same, but empty of most of the cars that fill them today. The place of cars is taken by pedestrians, cyclists and electric buses, while gardens, playgrounds and restaurant terraces occupy former parking spots.

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