Rising rents are forcing small old shops that have benefited from rent control to close shop in the historic center because rent control will be ending.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/20/world ... phone&_r=0
And it is not a sudden end, they'd been warned 20 years ago rent control would end.
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Here's a Streetfilms video on the "superblock" system they've started implementing in a couple parts of the city, repurposing most of the street space in certain neighborhoods to be for pedestrian or bicycle use, but leaving narrow lanes or shared-space treatments for car access:
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