by Richard Harris
The pedestrian only area around the historical core of Brussels has just been doubled in size. The actual core had been pedestrian only for years and a nearby shopping area was also. Now they have been joined so that the whole network of medieval streets is now off limits to vehicles.
The work took many months to the intense frustration of the local merchants, the shoppers and the tourists. To celebrate the completion the city threw a daylong party and even invited extraterrestrials. Now, the Unesco World Heritage site that is the Grand' Place and its surroundings is a pedestrian's paradise.