superblock

noun
su·​per·​block | \ˈsü-pər-ˌbläk \

Definition of superblock 

: a very large commercial or residential block barred to through traffic, crossed by pedestrian walks and sometimes access roads, and often spotted with grassed malls

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The first tower to be rebuilt after the Sept. 11 attacks was the 52-story 7 World Trade Center, located across the street from the superblock that included the Twin Towers. Peter Grant, WSJ, "New York’s World Trade Center Struggles to Fill Office Space," 11 Sep. 2018 The intent is to break up the superblock where the Blumberg housing project was, making the area more walkable. Claudia Vargas, Philly.com, "Philly Housing Authority adding new streets in Sharswood redevelopment," 20 Dec. 2017 Well before Barcelona become the latest site of a horrific vehicle attack, the city had plans to transform the street grid by turning more than half its streets over to pedestrians and cyclists, creating a grid of superilles (or superblocks). Henry Grabar, Slate Magazine, "How Can You Stop Cars From Plowing Into Crowds?," 30 Aug. 2017 Indeed the street closure in the 22@ District is part of a larger initiative, with four superblocks already established and 13 more in development. Emily Nonko, WSJ, "Barcelona Bans Cars and Boosts Tech," 1 Aug. 2017 Below are dozens of renderings of plans for the Lloyd Center and a superblock of apartments – complete with work spaces for makers and a rooftop beer garden – planned next door. OregonLive.com, "Sneak peek: Lloyd Center's Millennial makeover," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of superblock

1907, in the meaning defined above

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