su·​per·​block ˈsü-pər-ˌbläk How to pronounce superblock (audio)
: 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

Examples of superblock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new neighborhood growth blueprint would increase the area’s population from 78,000 to 143,000 over the next 30 years, break up car-centric superblocks and allow high-rise housing along major roads. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 As at most high-rise public housing projects, the towers are set in the middle of a superblock, isolating them from the neighborhood and killing street life. Curbed, 9 Jan. 2024 Barcelona has reorganized some streets into superblocks in recent years, creating pedestrian-centric neighborhoods with playgrounds at intersections. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Cities around the world are experimenting with a wide range of other supporting initiatives, such as Barcelona’s superblocks, regions smaller than a neighborhood that are designed to be hospitable to walking and cycling. Heather L. MacLean, IEEE Spectrum, 20 Aug. 2022 According to the plan, residents (mostly African American) would be displaced, properties expropriated and streets obliterated to make room for a superblock of governmental offices, courts, and new library ringing a green plaza, today’s Duncan Plaza. Richard Campanella,, 6 Feb. 2021 At the east end of the superblock was a neoclassical station, built of granite and glass. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 The impending teardown has renewed calls by some neighbors to amend PD 830 to prevent more of these superblock apartments. Dallas News, 18 Mar. 2022 Designed by Minoru Yamasaki, they were deemed too big, too fussy in their Gothic-style detailing, too claustrophobic with their thin windows, too anti-urban and un-New York in their superblock plan. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superblock was in 1907

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“Superblock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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