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The Raval de Santa Anna de Reus will signpost its points of cultural interest

The placement of signs that highlight the points of cultural interest along the route is practically the only thing left to complete the furniture of the new pedestrianized section of Raval de Santa Anna. The first to appear were the parklets, structures with vegetation and a platform to sit on, at the beginning of the month. Then came new tables and chairs and, a few days ago, wooden litter bins and circles anchored to the ground to park the bicycle.

Among the merchants in the area, these elements have generated “very diverse points of view: there are those who accept them and also those who have not liked them”, indicates the representative of the businesses of this street, Marc Niubó, who adds that “a We all have a hard time accepting changes” and that “at first it was a bit shocking”. Therefore, “you have to let time pass, see the acceptance and the result and then decide.”

Niubó confirms that “people are using the furniture” and says that “one of the things that worried me the most was incivility.” In these first weeks, “there are tables and benches that have gotten dirty but, in general, people use them for the purpose for which they were intended” and “it has become a place not only for passing through but also for staying, and that can be interesting; We will see if in the long run the result is what we were looking for or not. On the other hand, having bicycle parking “is interesting and perhaps favors its civic use.” As for the tables, “they were going to have a chessboard but we thought that no one would play a game here.” In addition, Niubó believes, “it is convenient that there are not many things because people have to be able to come and stay and we have to work.”

The mayor of Reus, Carles Pellicer, values ​​that “we have turned the Raval into an area of ​​coexistence” and specifies that “the urban furniture elements are in this line”. “The new benches are configured as lobbies for commercial and heritage establishments and contribute to encouraging economic activity and promoting the architectural part.” For her part, the Councilor for Urban Planning, Marina Berasategui, indicates that “the Raval is now an elongated square that transforms places of passage into places of stay and relationship between citizens.” “The urban furniture elements are designed to encourage use by citizens who go on foot and the landscaped areas help to naturalize the environment,” she says.

The objective of the furniture is to improve the quality of the urban space in the historic center of the city, surrounded by emblematic buildings, and to enable new ways of using public space. The parklet model was co-designed by the technical team of Municipal Territorial Services with Urbadis Microarquitectura. The structure is made of galvanized steel and the surface coverings are made of pine wood. On the other hand, the steel buttons embedded in the floor reflect the lights of the shop windows and give continuity to the furniture on the pavement, as indicated by the City Council.

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