Top Eleven Planning Lessons from Lisbon, Portugal


Below are my top eleven (11) planning lessons from a delightful week-long trip to Lisboa (Lisbon), Portugal in late September. Many more could be added this list, but for brevity’s sake we’ll stay with these eleven (11) for now. They are not presented in any order of importance other than the first lesson listed. Obrigado!

  • Outstanding urban design can take place after a cataclysmic disaster and also serve to lift a city’s collective psyche and self worth.
  • Sidewalks inlaid with artistic patterns are very inspirational and a terrific placemaking feature.
  • Contrasting urban forms within the same city can work very well in unison.
  • When pedestrians are treated like royalty, cities teem with life.
  • A complex multi-modal and interconnected transportation system can be both efficient and effective.
  • Narrower streets are safer streets.
  • A glorious topographic setting is hard to beat.
  • Maintaining classic forms of transit such as trams, urban elevators, and funiculars offers a rich variety of transportation options, as well as greater public sentimentality and support.
  • Diversity and inclusiveness are the secret sauces that allows innovation to flourish.
  • Cuisine/food is an art form that can symbolize a city or country just as much as the visual or performing arts.
  • Lisbon is living proof that the historic and the modern can coexist in harmony without the modern overpowering the historic.
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