Amazing Transformations Of Public Spaces Caught On Google Street View (51 pics)

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Today cities are being transformed for the better. They become more people and cyclist-friendly. Here are some before and after shots that show some of these incredible public space transformations.

We are a society "addicted to cars," according to the four young founders of Urb-i.
Traffic halts in New Delhi, India.

Yuval Fogelson, Carolina Guido, Fernanda Mercês, and Rodolfo Macedo founded Urb-i in 2015.

Traffic lanes and parking take precedent over green spaces and outdoor seating. People traveling on foot are quarantined to tiny sidewalks.
An aerial view of São Paulo, Brazil.

It just doesn't seem fair. Fortunately, the founders of Urb-i have an addiction of their own ...
Aalsmeerplein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

They're obsessed with Google Street View.
Ferenciek tere, Budapest, Hungary.

Yuval Fogelson spends hours diving into the search engine's rabbit hole, scanning the world for stunning public space redesigns that favor pedestrians over vehicles.
Suwon cheon, Suwan, South Korea.

In some areas, Google Street View offers a timeline of images, so you can see how a space has evolved over time.
Times Square, New York City, United States of America.

It's pretty satisfying to see the results.
Moscow Zachatyevskiy per., Moscow, Russia.

Urb-i began curating the images in a gallery, hoping to showcase public spaces that put pedestrians — and cyclists — first.
Retsif Herbert Samuel St., Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.

"I have already developed a few strategies to finding these transformations, and quite frankly, I'm addicted," says Fogelson.
Praça Mauá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The group keeps tabs on urban transformation blogs and architectural projects, so they know where to check on Google Street View.
Praça Mauá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The group keeps tabs on urban transformation blogs and architectural projects, so they know where to check on Google Street View.
Krymskaya nab., Moscow, Russia.

Today, Urb-i's before-and-after gallery contains more than 1,000 public-space transformations from around the world.
Gwanggyo, Seoul, South Korea.

In São Paulo, Brazil, where Urb-i's members work at a socially responsible architecture firm, this curb got a new life with paving and a park bench.
R. Barão de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

The makeovers vary in scale. An alleyway in San Francisco is nearly unrecognizable after an outdoor seating area is installed.
Annie Alley, San Francisco, United States.

Two pavilions made of glass and steel jazz up this street in Milan, Italy. A ticket office and a cultural event space operate inside.
Via Luca Beltrami, Milan, Italy.

Archways add some decadence to a side street in Singapore.
Muscat St., Singapore.

Sometimes all it takes is a sidewalk.
Osborne St., Auckland, New Zealand.

"For the pedestrian, an extra meter or two of sidewalk means a whole lot," Urb-i says.
Fort Street, Auckland, New Zealand.

Size isn't the only thing that matters.
R. Antonio de Albuquerque, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

"If designed well," Urb-i says, a public space "functions as a place of permanence where we socialize, rather than just a passage to get us from Point A to Point B."
Gansevoort St., New York City, United States.

Let's take a look at some more examples.

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