From car-friendly to pedestrian-friendly

Some 50,000 cars cross the Schulhausplatz intersection every day in the Aargau town of Baden. No one envies Baden for it. Nevertheless, the Swiss Heritage Society (SHS) has awarded the town this year’s prestigious Wakker Prize for architectural development and preservation. The reason? “Baden has chosen not to surrender to the traffic,” said the SHS. The town has been tireless in its efforts to improve its public spaces. Its centre is now free of traffic, with pedestrian-friendly streets and squares that make it a pleasant place to live. Historic parks and gardens are carefully maintained, and new public spaces have been created in urban development areas. The once car-friendly town of Baden has, in other words, been given back to the people.

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  • Monica Schaeffert, Sonoma, California, USA
    Monica Schaeffert, Sonoma, California, USA at 28.03.2020
    Die Schweiz ist halt immer noch das schönste Land für mich; die alten Strassen in den ländlichen Städten sind für mich immer noch romantisch.
    Dass es wieder Wölfe hat in den Schweizer Bergen und Wäldern ist ja super, super romantisch. Was jagen diese wilden Tiere? Wahrscheinlich Rehe, Füchse und Hirsche? Ich lebe seit vielen Jahren in Kalifornien und bin nun eine komfortable Seniorin in einer sehr schönen und bequemen Seniorengemeinde, - einer sogenannten 55+ Community.
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