Regent Street no cars, are you crazy? It is like taking all the people out of the Times Square. Closing the street for traffic and opening it up for business is simply something that very few cities can get away with, and London certainly knows how to set the bar high.
It felt insane… but great! Having no fear of crossing the street at whatever time and being shouted at by angry taxi drivers feels like if you were seated in a lotus position for too long and then you finally get to stretch your legs. A sense of relief, freedom and independence.
“People moan, people complain, but once it is over, everybody is happy”
Without getting too poetic, stopping the traffic from entering one of the busies streets in London was surely a brave move. But as with everything in the UK, people moan, people complain, but once it is over, everybody is happy and proud of what had happened. Same with the Olympics, after acknowledging the costs, the Brits were proud of how many medals and popularity they gained across the world. Only with Brexit I am not quite sure what the positive outcome will be…
“Jazz gigs, dance performances, fitness classes, country singers, marching bands, hand massages and much more”
‘Summer Streets‘ in Regent Street had been a bliss. So many businesses took part and contributed to making this a-month-long event a huge success. There were jazz gigs, dance performances, fitness classes, country singers, marching bands, hand massages and much more to experience and take advantage off. London’s double-deckers were replaced with food stalls and the dangerous crossing were covered by planting stations (thank you, Anthropologie, for bringing greenery into the city centre).
“London’s double-deckers were replaced with food stalls and (…) planting stations”
Walking down the boulevard now, long gone are the days of piece and security. Nevertheless, people are still smiling, tourists are still stopping (unexpectedly to take their photographs) and strangers are still approaching, asking either for directions or for phone numbers. So, what? This is London for you, a place where nobody is afraid to do anything, not even traffic-stopping!
‘Summer Streets’ by Regent Street took place 2 – 23 July 2017.