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

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

Examples of superblock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barcelona has made headlines with its reorganization of some streets into superblocks, creating pedestrian-centric neighborhoods with playgrounds at intersections. Washington Post, "Part of Georgia Ave., one of D.C.’s busiest streets, will be turned into a car-free experiment on Oct. 5," 4 Oct. 2019 Barcelona has reorganized some streets into superblocks where intersections now serve as playgrounds and cars are pushed to the edges. Andrea Salcedo, New York Times, "Cars All but Banned on One of Manhattan’s Busiest Streets," 3 Oct. 2019 The nearest station to 798 was a few superblocks and about a mile away. Andrew Moore, National Geographic, "To build the cities of the future, we must get out of our cars," 17 June 2019 Moreover, the commercial developers who controlled California Plaza, the superblock where the museum is located, didn’t want MOCA’s structural profile interfering with the towers that inhabited the rest of the block. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Arata Isozaki's Kyoto Concert Hall shows L.A. what might have been at MOCA," 7 June 2019 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 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

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First Known Use of superblock

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Superblock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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