Sidewalks Emerge in Jordan's Capital

Seemingly simple, the Jordanian city of Amman has finally managed to build walkable sidewalks.

The new sidewalks have already made an impact on the city's streetlife and general wellbeing, according to locals.

"It has put in park benches. And not just in parks, but right there, on those new, flat sidewalks that do not end suddenly, for no apparent reason. Sidewalks and benches are easy to dismiss as discretionary conveniences, unnecessary urban flourishes. That is especially true considering how people here need so much - better jobs, better schools and better health care.

But to talk to those behind the sidewalks and the benches is to see these ubiquitous objects as powerful tools of social planning, tearing down walls between rich and poor, helping a city bereft of an identity develop a sense of place and ownership."

Full Story: Sidewalks, and an Identity, Sprout in Jordan’s Capital


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