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The Safest Streets Are Slow Streets

THE SAFEST STREETS are streets with no cars. The second safest streets are streets where cars are going under 20 mile per hour. And streets where cars go under 20 are also streets where it’s easy to make places where people want to get out of their cars and walk.

The top and bottom photos both show Mariaaplaats in Utrecht. After the jump, a photo of Mariaplaats in the 1960s.

This street view from Google Maps shows how Mariaplaats makes a sharp turn to go to the Utrecht University.The 1960s view below looks from block in the top photo to the block in middle photo. The cobblestone plaza was previously an asphalt-covered parking lot in the middle of the space.

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