The objective of this paper is to discuss the insertion of pedestrian malls in the central area of Juiz de Fora, in Brazil, and the contribution of these malls to maintaining the vitality of the city downtown. Unlike other central areas of Brazilian cities, which became decadent and empty, in Juiz de Fora, it is easy to see the concentration, effective use and value given to the city center. In this sense, pedestrian malls have greatly contributed to the effective use of public spaces. Installed at the end of the 1970s, pedestrian malls represented the possibility of minimizing the conflicting relationship between pedestrians and vehicles in the more important streets of the city. Following the success of the first, four other malls were created successively, closing the streets to traffic and broadening the network of public spaces dedicated to pedestrian use. Other objectives equally important in the construction of these malls were the environmental enhancement of the streets and the valuation of commerce. Returning to the justifications for the implantation of the malls, we can define which speeches were implicit in the propositions, as well as comprehend the successive projects which have been made since the implantation of malls in order to keep the streets in the center of the city commercial. We verify that the pedestrian malls in question once functioned on their maximum capacity and expanded and thus it is impossible to think about the center of this city without their existence. Furthermore, they represent the effective connection between galleries, squares and other public spaces of the city; making a system that guarantees the vitality of the center through the social and cultural relationships established in it.
|Keywords:||Pedestrian Malls, Central Public Spaces, Juiz de Fora, Brazil|
Master in Constructed Environment, PROAC, UFJF, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Professor, Faculdade de Engenharia, UFJF, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Professor, PROAC, UFJF, Minas Gerais, Brazil