"It is being viewed as the correction of a historic mistake. More than
40 years after parts of the canal that encircled Utrecht’s old town were
concreted over to accommodate a 12-lane motorway, the Dutch city is
celebrating the restoration of its 900-year-old moat.
In an attempt to recast its residents’ relationship with the car,
Utrecht’s inner city is again surrounded by water and greenery rather
than asphalt and exhaust fumes.
The reopening of the Catharijnesingel attracted pleasure boats and even
a few swimmers into the water, with the alderman for the central Hoog
Catharijne district, Eelco Eerenberg, lauding the “grand conclusion” of
decades of work."
Via Glyn Moody.
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