How pedestrianization halted a Spanish city's decline

In central Pontevedra, pedestrians now have absolute priority. And in just over two decades, the home to 80,000 inhabitants has been changed from a city in decay to an attractive place to live.

It’s only outside Pontevedra’s central perimeter that cars can move with relative freedom. In the old town and surrounding streets of the 80,000-strong Spanish city, pedestrians have absolute priority. In just over two decades, it’s changed from being a city in decay to an attractive place to live. 

The Benefits of Proximity

Elena Herroro moved to Pontevedra from Madrid to cut out commuting and for convenience.

“Everything here is pretty close,” she says. “I’ve the health centre almost behind my

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