From car-friendly to pedestrian-friendly
Some 50,000 cars cross the Schulhausplatz intersection every day in the Aargau town of Baden. No one envies Baden for it. Nevertheless, the Swiss Heritage Society (SHS) has awarded the town this year’s prestigious Wakker Prize for architectural development and preservation. The reason? “Baden has chosen not to surrender to the traffic,” said the SHS. The town has been tireless in its efforts to improve its public spaces. Its centre is now free of traffic, with pedestrian-friendly streets and squares that make it a pleasant place to live. Historic parks and gardens are carefully maintained, and new public spaces have been created in urban development areas. The once car-friendly town of Baden has, in other words, been given back to the people.