A city block that's larger than a traditional block, potentially with an interior network of broad sidewalks.
A potential way to reduce the impact of cars on a neighborhood.
What are Superblocks?
John Spacey, updated on May 25, 2016
A superblock is a city block that is much larger than a traditional city block. They occur incidentally in areas with extremely large buildings. They can also be pursued as an urban design strategy to reduce the impact of cars on cities. A superblock can be created by disallowing cars on small roads in a neighborhood. The roads instantly become broad sidewalks. This provides opportunities to use land for bicycle paths, community projects and appealing commercial ventures such as leasing land to cafes to build cafe terraces. People with parking spots in the affected block are often not happy. Compensation is typically made on a case by case basis. However, land values may shoot up across a neighborhood after a superblock is established. The logistical needs of businesses in the area are also a consideration. In many cases a restricted service road is maintained for emergence services and large deliveries.
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