Major Change Coming at Hlemmur Square

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Vala Hafstað

The Reykjavík City Council has voted to present a new land-use plan for Hlemmur square and vicinity, Morgunblaðið reports. According to the new plan, the whole area will become a pedestrian zone.

The City of Reykjavík held a contest for future planning for the area in 2017. The winners of that contest, architect offices Mandaworks and Dagný Land Design were selected to conduct further planning and development.

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The changes planned include the following:

Hlemmur will be redesigned as a public area for all ages, with access to all.

No motorized vehicles will be in the square or around it.

A new bike trail will be built along the area, connecting Hverfisgata and Laugavegur.

Buses and the planned city line will be directed down Hverfisgata and Laugavegur, in a special area, north of Hlemmur.

A new surface material will be installed, benches, playground, and vegetation.

High quality bus shelters will be installed.

A new crossroads and a square will be located on the corner of Snorrabraut and Borgartún.

The aim is for Hlemmur to become a major attraction and a green area, where public events can take place and people can gather.

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