This week, in Jirón Amazonas, work began to convert 41 blocks from the Historic Center of Lima on streets for the exclusive use of pedestrians, and inclusive and sustainable mobility. A claim of the citizens on the automobile.
In the first stage, which will culminate at the end of June, eight streets will be pedestrianized: the first block of Jirón Amazonas and Jirón Lampa, the second block of Jirón Junín, the first four blocks of Jirón Conde de Superunda and the first block of Jiron Callao.
“The eight blocks respond to roads that will generate an interconnection with those that are already pedestrianized. In addition, in those we have been having experimental plans that have served ”, he told Trade the mayor Jorge Muñoz.
The benefits are evident, especially in these times of pandemic: wider spaces to enjoy the Pizarro checkerboard with social distancing, in addition to an improvement in air quality, less horn noise and a more attractive urban landscape.
“Walking through the Center of Lima allows you to calmly see the buildings, take photos in interesting places, among other activities. What’s more, [con la peatonalización] economic benefits are generated, because the streets obtain greater commercial attractiveness and the value of the properties can increase ”, expressed Cynthia Yamamoto, pedestrian activist and co-founder of the collective“ Peruanos de a pie ”.
Pedestrianization is also an opportunity for tourism. The best way to get to know a city is by walking it, even more so with the wealth that the Historic Center preserves.
Previous experience in the Historic Center of Lima has already shown it. In 2012, the Ica and Ucayali shreds were pedestrianized. The work cost S / 9.5 million and a study prepared a year later determined that an increase in value of S / 94.5 million had been generated in the area thanks to it.
“It is not a secret that the resources to invest in the Historic Center of Lima are very limited. The new pedestrianization project opens the possibility of recovering the benefits of the investment to carry out new works in deteriorated areas, such as Barrios Altos, ”said economist Laura Lozada.
The works in the historic center will include the leveling of tracks and sidewalks, and the laying of granite stone on the pavement. Better quality and aesthetic lighting (with cast iron arms instead of posts) and tactile floors will also be installed to facilitate access for the visually impaired.
This will be complemented with the improvement of the squares of San Francisco, Santo Domingo and the Theater, as well as the restoration of 190 facades of buildings in the area.
“When you don’t know something, you don’t want it and you don’t defend it. On the contrary, when you meet it, you fall in love with it, you are going to enjoy it and you are going to defend it. That is what we are looking for: that citizens take over and enjoy the city ”.
Mayor Muñoz’s administration expects the work to be completed in January next year.