Lima’s Historic Center to become Pedestrian
By Mauricio Niño - Publimetro
As of next year, changes will be made on 16 avenues within the city’s historic center, which include the implementation of bike paths and inclusive infrastructure.
Last Thursday, the Metropolitan City Council approved the Master Plan for Lima’s Historic City Center for 2029, with an outlook to the year 2035. The plan looks to convert the area into “a better place to live, while respecting its essence as a Cultural Heritage Site,” as declared in 1991, by UNESCO.
The proposal itemizes a series of actions, like: the reforestation of the Center, better illumination throughout the area, the recuperation of historic buildings, and the pedestrianization of the aforementioned 16 avenues. Some of the more important avenues on the list of those to be improved are: Áncash, Azángaro, Lampa, Amazonas, Junín, Camaná, Rufino Torrico, and Cailloma.
The streets will be intervened in order to comply with universal accessibility standards, incorporating things like: tactile paving (for those with visual disabilities), and inclusive signposting.
Access for tourists is another important aspect prioritized by the new master plan. Special signage will be installed so that visitors can easily maneuver the city Center.
The bicycle path that is to be instated on Jr. Camana will not be isolated, rather, it will form part of a network of paths that connect to the Garcilaso de la Vega and Tacna Avenues, as well as to the future boardwalk that will be built on the bank of the Rimac River.
“There will also be a trolley line that will unite the two extremes of Lima’s Historic Center: the Monserrate Plaza (located on Callao and Tayacaja Avenues) and the Carrion Plaza (in Barrios Altos).”
In addition, the plan includes the recovery and improvement of three public plazas: the San Francisco Plaza, the Santo Domingo Plaza, and the Plaza del Teatro (located in front of the Segura Theatre).
In light of these changes, there is also program set to restore the facades and balconies of some of the center’s historic buildings, many of which have undoubtedly suffered from the passing of time and the lack of care, with the goal of avoiding the dangerous collapse of some of these constructions.
All work – from the infrastructure to the restriction of the transit of private vehicles – will begin next year.
“Today, in the Historic Center of Lima, there is no clear differentiation. Everyone goes everywhere. We look to organize, so that everything is much more harmonious and livable, in a way that respects the urban landscape,” concludes Bogdanovich.