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Film series shows the many uses of city streets

A street in Istanbul. (Shanti Hesse /

What is a city street? The answer, of course, varies considerably — not just from one metropolis or neighborhood to another, but even from street to street.

That’s the argument Rashiq Fataar makes in a post on Future Cape Town while highlighting a new series of short films that explore the unique design and vibe of streets in different cities. 

The documentaries were created to mark the upcoming launch of the Global Street Design Guide. The template seeks to establish a “baseline” for configuring streets and other public spaces in a swiftly urbanizing world, the article says.

Throughout the Global South, streets are used for much more than transport. They are the lifeblood of neighborhoods, part farmer’s market and part community gathering spot. In Cape Town, limited investment in street infrastructure has conditioned many slum dwellers to expect only basic safety amenities, Fataar laments. Despite such challenges, he writes, streets there and elsewhere remain the “basic frame” through which residents experience urban life.

Explore the streets of Accra, Ghana; Bandung, Indonesia; Fortaleza, Brazil; Auckland, New Zealand; Mumbai, Delhi and the rest here.

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