Tuesday, 30 September 2014

116000 streets, 200 million people



Over 200 million people live in cities already classified by Streetics worldwide.

Help improve quality of life of all these people is one of the reasons why we created Streetics.

We are committed to work every day to deliver our information to an ever larger number of people.

Thank you !

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Mais de 200 milhões de pessoas vivem nas cidades com ruas já classificadas pelo Streetics em todo o mundo.

Ajudar a melhorar a qualidade de vida destas pessoas é um dos motivos porque criamos o Streetics.

Estamos comprometidos a trabalhar diariamente para conseguir disponibilizar a nossa informação a um cada vez maior números de pessoas.

Obrigado !

Friday, 19 September 2014

Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Paris



Close to the Champs Elysees, rue du Faubourg Saint Honore is an exclusive Paris fashion street. Faubourg Saint Honore is famous for the Hermes flagship store at number 24. Rue Saint Honore, the eastward extension of rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, has many fashion stores too, including Colette multi brand store.
This iconic street is situated in the 8th arrondissement, between the Rue Royale and the Place des Ternes. Known for its fancy location and chic shops, the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a must-see spot for those who want to know how the wealthiest inhabitants of the city live. A stroll down this street — to number 55 — will even take visitors to the Elysée Palace, where the French president lives and works.


Shoppers have a myriad of choices on this stretch of road, with prestigious names such as Lanvin, Hermès and Lancôme having their flagship stores there. The Dalloyau tea shop also has its flagship store here, enabling Paris visitors and inhabitants to take a break with some delicious pastries and gourmet tea.


Measuring roughly 2,070 meters long, the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré offers the chance to spend the day walking through a historic part of the city. In the Middle Ages, this street began at the Saint-Honoré Church, which no longer exists. It was not until the end of the 17th century that the city’s most well-off financiers began a project to build opulent residences there, which gave the area the impressive reputation that it still has today. Beyond the shopping and official residences that line the street, some fascinating examples of 18th- and 19th-century French architecture can be seen all along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.


Friday, 12 September 2014

CHAMPS ELYSÉES, Paris



The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world.

In the sixteenth century this area was nothing but fields outside the center of Paris. In 1616 Marie de Medicis decided to create a long tree-lined path going east from the Tuileries. The route was redesigned in 1667 by renowned landscape designer André Le Nôtre as an extension of the Jardins des Tuileries. The promenade, now called 'Grande Allée du Roule' or 'Grand-Cours' had become a fashionable place but was still isolated from the city with few buildings surrounding the area. 



Twenty-seven years later the promenade was renamed to 'Champs-Elysées', or Elysian Fields in English. The name was derived from Greek mythology where 'Elusia' is a place where heroes come to relax.


In 1724 the Champs-Elysées was extended all the way to the Chaillot hill (now known as l'Etoile, the site of the Arc de Triomphe). Its current form took shape in 1838 when French architect Ignaz Hittorf - who was redesigning the Place de la Concorde - created the Jardins des Champs-Elysées. He also installed sidewalks, gas lamps and fountains. The Champs-Elysées started to attract more and more restaurants and hotels, especially after 1900 when the Paris metro line nr 1 reached the Etoile station.




The Champs-Elysées draws a perfectly straight line from the Louvre, through the Tuilerie Gardens and the Place Concord, bisects the Arche de Triomphe where it becomes the avenue de la Grande Armée, and culminates at the base of the modern Arche de la Défence.

You can exit the Louvre and retire to the park to recover. Within the park you will discover that there are cafés and benches to use to take a break as well as the popular central fountain where you can try to snag the metal chairs people use to sunbathe in.




The remainder of the Champs-Elysées begins a series of cafés, shops, restaurants and movie theaters which end at the giant arch. The class of the fin de siecle is gone, but two famous café/restaurants continue to draw admirers. The Ladurée is a café monument to the elegance of 19th century, whereas Fouquet's (no pun intended) with its distinct red awnings draws a trendier crowd to a very similar atmosphere.



It is lined with restaurants (Hard Rock Café, l’Atelier Renault, Ledoyen etc.), luxury boutiques (Louis Vuitton, Mont-Blanc, Guerlain, Ferrari etc.), flagship stores (Banana Republic, Abercrombie, Sephora etc.) and nightclubs.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Blog do Rocha


One of the ways we have to classify streets is to hear the opinion of someone who knows his city.Nothing better for this purpose than a concerned person, who can point out what’s great or not that greatwhere he lives.

When we began to classify Manaus, we found “Blog do Rocha” (http://jmartinsrocha.blogspot.pt/), run byJosé Martins, who is from Manaus and a passionate for photography, who uses this passion to promote and talk about his city. He shared with us his knowledge about the best places to live in Manaus and gave us other valuable tips to Streetrank city streets.

Jose make use of his blog to publicize the treasure that is the Amazon, the lungs of the earth, that enfolds Manaus. 
The pictures on his posts are beautiful.

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Uma das formas que temos para classificar as ruas é ouvir a opinião de quem conhece muito bem a sua cidade. Nada melhor para este efeito do que uma pessoa preocupada, que saiba apontar o que há de melhor e de menos bom no local onde vive.

Quando começamos a classificar Manaus, encontramos o Blog do Rocha (http://jmartinsrocha.blogspot.pt/), da autoria de José Martins, um natural de Manaus, apaixonado por fotografia, e que utiliza esta sua paixão para promover e falar sobre a sua cidade. Partilhou connosco o seu conhecimento sobre os melhores locais para viver em Manaus e deu-nos outras dicas preciosas para fazermos o Streetrank das ruas da cidade.

O José, para além disso aproveita este seu espaço para divulgar esse tesouro que é a Amazónia, o pulmão da terra, que envolve Manaus. As fotos que ele coloca nos seus posts são lindas.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Streetics is now Worldwide.



Hi everyone.

We have big news about Streetics!

We’re proud to announce that
Streetics is now Worldwide.
Now you can search and rank any street in the world.

Streetics has more countries, more cities and even more streets for you to search, check and classify.
We developed the new City Explore (http://streetics.com/en/london) where you can travel around cities, check on a map every street with a StreetRank and also sort and filter streets by any Streetics evaluation factors. All this and more wrapped in a brand new clean interface.

We didn’t forget all other previous features like follow, rank and share streets, badge collection, premium services (http://streetics.com/en/content/services) and API (http://streetics.com/en/content/api).



With Streetics you can...
Check your street’s StreetRank and see how it compares with other streets.
Contribute by making your own street rankings with CrowdRank.
Explore any street in your neighbourhood, hometown or country in the world!
Decide what’s better for you and your family. Are you new in town? Going on vacations? Renting a place? Seeking a new place to live? Choosing your kid’s school? With Streetics you can make better decisions.





This new release furthers our vision. Each day we’re learning, finding new insights, opening and closing doors. But our path will remain the same, making Streetics THE hub for everything street related.



A special word and recognition to those with us since launch. We’ve awarded you with a Streetics Pioneer badge. Thanks for your support and for standing with Streetics since the very beginning.

Streetics. Street Analytics.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

CALLE SERRANO, Madrid


Calle Serrano is one giant fashion catwalk. Between Calle José Ortega y Gasset ( http://streetics.com/en/street/2394) and Calle Claudio Coello (http://streetics.com/en/street/2450) lies an area which leading firms and most prestigious Spanish and foreign designers display their latest creations.



A shopping spree in the area wouldn't be complete without a visit to Isolée an avant-garde space offering the latest from leading international firms (Comme des Garçons, Manish Arora, APC, Filippa K etc.), exclusive areas like that of the Taschen publisher's, and a Moët & Chandon glamorous champagne bar.


In 2010, all the stops were pulled out to celebrate the long awaited refurbishment of Calle Serrano. This major shopping area, considered one of the most exclusive in the world, has undergone important changes.


    By day or night, Calle Serrano and its characteristic nineteenth-century buildings form one of Madrid's most easily recognised sights. The trees provide welcome shade in the main avenue of the city's famous Golden Mile.



Monday, 2 June 2014

CURZON STREET, London


CURZON STREET is located within the Mayfair district of London. 


It's inhabitants have included Benjamim Disraeli, who twice served as prime Minister.


During World War II Leconfield House at the corner of South Audley Street with an address on Curzon Street, became the home of the UK secret service known as MI5.


Oscar Wilde mentions Curzon Street in three of his works: in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry Wotton lives on Curzon Street, and in Lady Windermere's Fan, the notorious Mrs. Erlynne lives at 84A Curzon Street, and in An Ideal Husband, Lord Goring lives on Curzon Street.






Monday, 7 April 2014

Classified cities : best streets in March 2014

Best street on each capital :

Lisbon : Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar (14.42)
London : Queensway (15.36)
Paris : Boulevard de Courcelles (16.00)
Madrid : Passeo del Pintor Rosales (14.60)

Top Ten 

1. Boulevard de Courceles (Paris/16.00)
2. Queensway (London/15.36)
3. Alameda Eça de Queiroz (Oporto/15.08)
4. Avenue de Breteuil (Paris/14.82)
5. Passeo del Pintor Rosales (Madrid/14.60)
6. Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar (Lisbon/14.42)
7. Campo Pequeno (Lisbon/14.42)
8. Campo Grande (Lisbon/14.33)
9. Avenida Marquês de Tomar (Lisbon/14.17)
10. Knightsbridge (London/14.09)


Friday, 28 March 2014

AVENUE DE BRETEUIL, Paris



Avenue de Breteuil is a large avenue within a big park just in view of Les Invalides (the place where Napoleon is buried). People sit on benches, lounging and having picnics, go roller-blading, running, or cycling. The place is safe, calm, and very classy in its Haussmann building style. 



Located between Avenue de Breteuil and Avenue de Saxe in the chic 7th district, the Marché Saxe-Breteuil is a must for every person who visits Paris. Saxe-Breteuil has an unrivalled setting facing the Eiffel Tower, as well as the city's most chic produce. Look for farmer's goat's cheese, rare apple varieties, Armenian specialities, abundant oysters and a handful of dedicated small producers.



This market sets up every Thursday and Saturday morning along Avenue de Saxe, a beautiful street lined with sycamore trees and elegant Parisian buildings. This street sits along the same axis as the Champ de Mars that stretches from the Eiffel Tower to the Ecole Militaire. That’s how you get those picture perfect views of the Eiffel Tower.


Thursday, 13 March 2014

QUEENSWAY, London


Queensway was first developed as a residential suburb of London in the early nineteenth century.  It was named Queen's Road in honour of Queen Victoria, who had been born at nearby Kensington Palace. This was a name somewhat lacking in distinctiveness, and for this reason the present name of Queensway was eventually substituted.

This area, cosmopolitan, diverse and elegant, is well known for its Georgian stucco terraces, many of which are Grade II listed, there are also handsome 1930s mansion blocks and a few new small residential developments.


Here you will find hundreds of shops including clothing and shoes, sports and leisure stores, designer clothes stores as well as hair and beauty, there is a shopping mall with movie cinemas and literally every second store is a restaurant or café. If that's not enough for you then when you finally make it to the end of Queensway you will be at Hyde Park, where you can spend hours exploring the Famous Landmarks, Statues, Lakes and Gardens or enjoy a bite to eat and relax on the lush green lawns that make this a world famous park.


In recent years, Queensway has become a centre for the entertainment and leisure industry in London. Is the heart and soul of Bayswater – bustling and noisy it is a great experience.

London's biggest ice rink, the Queens Ice & Bowl in Queensway was recently renovated. Everything you need is within walking distance and there are very few areas in London you can truly say that. Queensway Market, two doors down from Queensway Tube station is  an arcade with stalls.




Monday, 3 February 2014

"Hamburg's ambitious green network"



"The German city of Hamburg, the 2011 European Green Capital, has announced an ambitious plan to create and link an amazing 27 square miles of new and existing green space all over the city.  The result will be a city that puts nature within easier reach of every resident; becomes more resilient to flooding caused by global warming; and provides enough connectivity for walking and bicycling to become car-optional citywide in twenty years.

Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for the city's department of urban planning and the environment, spoke to reporter Elisabeth Braw of the Guardian:
"[The plan] will connect parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, gardens and cemeteries through green paths.  Other cities, including London, have green rings, but the green network will be unique in covering an area from the outskirts to the city centre.  In 15 to 20 years you'll be able to explore the city exclusively on bike and foot."
In all, the green network will cover an impressive 40 percent of the city’s land area.



Although the plan is being hailed as intended to make the city “car-free,” I don’t read the reports quite that way.  Cars will still be allowed in Hamburg, but they may not be necessary for most tasks that able-bodied Hamburgers are likely to undertake.



The more important result may be the provision of green infrastructure to absorb rain and flood waters.  Charley Cameron writes in Inhabitat that in the past 60 years the average temperature of Hamburg, a port city and Germany’s second largest overall, has increased by 9 degrees Celsius, while sea levels have risen by 20 centimeters.  Sea levels are expected to increase another 30 centimeters by 2100, according to Cameron.
If fully realized, the network will cover some 7000 hectares, over half the size of Boston or San Francisco.  In addition to flood and transport benefits, it will connect urban wildlife habitat, help lower summer temperatures, and provide recreational opportunities for residents.
Braw’s article stresses that the plan is still somewhat formative and the brainchild of planners.  Some 30 city staff members have been working on the vision.  For the plan to be successful, politicians will need to “make the green web a priority.

Hamburg is already a city of considerable green ambition.  A head start on the linked network may be provided by a plan to cap a two-mile stretch of a major freeway with woods, parks, trails, and garden plots for city residents.  The green cap, which will also reconnect neighborhoods split by the freeway, will be over 100 feet wide and as much as ten feet thick in places."

In ""Switchboard"

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

ALDGATE, London



Do you know that  ALDGATE Derives its name from one of the principal gates of the City-styled in the reign of King Edgar, Ealdgate, or Oldgate-under which passed one of the Roman roads leading into London ?



Among the records of the City of London is a lease granting, in 1374, the whole of the dwelling-house above the gate of Aidgate to Geoffrey Chaucer, the poet, author of Canterbury Tales. Close to the old pump at Aidgate, at the junction of Leadenhall Street and Fenchurch Street, lived the indefatigable antiquary John Stow, whose name no historian can inscribe without feelings of reverence and gratitude. 

By LONDONONLINE

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Psirri, Athens, Greece


Walking through the area known as Psiri in the daytime is deceiving. Streets are filled with working class people and this former leather craftsman district contains a variety of shops and businesses that might be described as practical or business oriented. But starting at around 6 p.m. Psiri undergoes the transformation from working class light industrial, to a mecca of cafes, bars, restaurants and ouzeries. The mix of uses in this area of Athens is very successful. The streets are filled with tables and chairs, and what were parking lots during the day become dramatically lighted dining areas for restaurants at night.

People live, work and entertain themselves within this area. It seems like a perfect place for a quick getaway from the bustle of the city. The easiest way to enter Psiri is from one of the small roads between the Attalos Hotel and Monistiraki Square on Athinas street. Besides these places there are numerous cafes and restaurants, and very few cars to bother you. There are also plans for the opening of many galleries and theaters in this district and the bordering former gasworks area, many of which have already opened their doors. There is a chain of streets that are pedestrian-only, so it is very easy to walk from place to place.


Be aware that when you enter Psiri, your first instinct will be to think "This can't be the place." The area seems dangerous and dark, but it is neither. It's patrolled by rent-a-cops who keep the Omonia Square riff-raff from making inroads into the area. As you follow the small streets towards the center it gets livelier and more well lit until suddenly you realize you are here. 

People use this space at all times of the day, for different reasons. They either work there during the day, or go out for a night of entertainment. There is a wide variety of places where people of different ages can actually go to. 


This area is for the explorer. Those who are tired of endless T-shirt shops and Mousaka signs, this is the place to go. This area is for people who want to see what it is like to be young and hip and hang out in Athens. 

Or even not so young and hip.

This is a unique, significant district of Athens because of its history. It is well known that the area of Psirri has created its own atmosphere, something that renders it unique among the other traditional neighborhoods of Athens. 

A lot of people are natives to Psirri, whereas there are others that have come to Psirri at a very young age in order to work or live. If you have children, there is an entire plateia (public square) to play in with plenty of kids from the neighborhood.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

St. Mark's Place, Manhattan, NY


St. Mark's Place is vibrant at all times of day. It teems with interesting stores, including numerous record stores and tattoo and piercing parlors. It also has a wide array of bars and eateries, catering to a very mixed crowd. The prime block of St. Mark's, between Second Avenue and Cooper Square, is full of people at all hours, while the beauty of the architecture is more noticeable on the eastern end of St. Mark's, which is quieter.
St. Mark's has the ideal design for an urban street, it runs from one public square to another. At the west end is Cooper Square, where numerous streets converge, and teenagers can be found skateboarding and hanging out on any sunny day. There is also a subway station there. On the other end is Tompkins Square Park. Once blighted, it is now a well used and popular greenspace in the center of Alphabet City, New York's trendiest neighborhood. 

The westernmost block of St. Mark's can be so crowded as to create impediments to foot traffic, but it is not a street one would choose to walk down in a hurry. There are simply too many interesting things on display in store windows, and too many people with interesting body art, not to stop and take notice. 

St. Mark's is without question dominated by pedestrians rather than vehicles. It definitely makes a good first impression on anyone interested in streets with diverse urban life on display. Considering that it once had a very seedy reputation, it is reasonably clean, and the crowdedness and heavy police presence keep it safe. People sit at outdoor restaurant tables, on stoops and doorsteps or anywhere else that they can.
The range of activities on St. Mark's includes but is not limited to: shopping for any kind of item, eating and drinking, people watching, on the quieter eastern blocks possibly reading, and hanging out and talking. It would be hard to find a nook or cranny on St. Mark's that has not been used at one point or another (although that would include a lot of "undesirable" activities.)
It is a sociable street, although it is too much a destination for people from all over to constitute a neighborhood street where people know one another. St. Mark's is a meeting place for like-minded individuals from all over the world. Most of the people on St. Mark's at any given time are probably "visitors" in that they live elsewhere in the NY metro area, but many are probably regulars there. There is also a sprinkling of tourists, but St. Mark's is not "touristy.”
Although originally designed as primarily residential, it is lined with old brownstones and tenement buildings, St. Mark's Place filled up over the years with businesses on the first and second floors of most buildings, especially between Cooper Square and Second Avenue. In the 1970’s it was the heart of New York's punk rock scene. It has retained some of that image, but styles change, and the surrounding East Village neighborhood has gentrified. When the rock club Coney Island High closed a few years ago, a major part of St. Mark's Place went with it. Gentrification has also brought homogenization, a few years ago a GAP opened up on St. Mark's. But, while the heyday of its grittiness may be gone, St. Mark's remains a fun and fascinating destination street, and today it is much safer than it once was.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Devon Street, Chicago



Every evening groups gather on the corners of Devon Street, each of which is like a community gathering space for the people who live in this mostly South Asian neighborhood. Chicagoans come from great distances to dine out at one of the many restaurants here, but the street has managed to retain its identity and strong social fabric rather than giving way to the pressures of gentrification.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Avinguda de Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain


"We loved the wonderful quiet and comfortable quality of this ramblas. Its effect is one that immediately slows your pace, allowing you to observe the numerous people just relaxing and enjoying themselves (an activity at which the locals excel). It also has glorious architectural bookends: the Sagrada Familia and the Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau."

Monday, 6 January 2014

Passeig De Gracia, Barcelona, Spain



"This is easily a worthy contender with the Champs Elysee as one of the grandest boulevards of the world. In fact, we prefer the Passeig as it is more restrained commercially, creating a nice balance among sidewalk, architecture and commercial activity. When originally built, it had narrow sidewalks with a side access road and a wide walkway for strolling (a primary activity at the time). With little access to the stores in buildings lining it, the boulevard struggled. Eventually the sidewalks were widened and the street took its current shape. At 180 feet, it is one of the widest of any city. But it is still comfortable, with an appropriate scale in relation to the size of the buildings flanking it. The extraordinary architecture along this street is one of its great attractions."

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Kungsportsavenyn, Göteborg, Sweden



A grand boulevard with neighborhood shops, a trolley corridor, bike lanes, parking drop-off areas, mid-sidewalk display cases, bike racks, benches, plantings, sidewalk paving, street trees, public art--every great city should have a street that works on as many levels as Kungsportsavenyn.
Particularly remarkable are the ways different elements of Kungsportsavenyn have adapted over time. Passive historic facades have been made to engage the sidewalk with glass extensions and tents. The potentially street-deadening impacts of modern facades have likewise been mitigated, with café extensions for instance. Sidewalks are buffered from trolleys by benches, bike racks, and trees.

The street's character changes about every two blocks, each transition serving a different purpose. It begins at the top of a hill surrounded by civic buildings and arts institutions. Next it becomes a boulevard with a center median bicycle greenway and smaller, neighborhood-scale businesses and shops. About two blocks later it becomes mainly a trolley street. And at the bottom of the hill, it opens up into an ornamental boulevard, leading to the entrance of the public garden on one side of the street, and opening out to the riverfront on the other side.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Avenida de Mayo, Buenos Aires



Avenida de Mayo is the central avenue in the city of Buenos Aires. The street connects the two main government buildings in the city, the Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo with the National Congress and Plaza Congreso. Both sides of the street are lined with tall, decorative buildings with wrought-iron balconies, grand entrances, ornamental columns and sculptures. This part of Buenos Aires is old, most of it built before the population exploded in the latter half of the twentieth century, and the buildings show their age. Some are crumbling and most are dirty from the air of the city. They are beautiful.
The street is lined with majestic sycamores that filter the light and obscure the building facades, making their beauty a bit of a mystery. The sidewalks are full of people going to work, eating, and selling food or newspapers. Where the subway stations surface on the sidewalk from below, they have been designed with iron railings and signs consistent with the architecture of the buildings and are beautiful in their own right. They become a place to congregate and they blend in with the rest of the architecture.

The street itself is large and busy: four lanes all going in one direction and full of taxis, cars, and buses belching fumes. It is unpleasant to cross for pedestrians but not impossible. Most people move up or down one side. It is a good picture of Buenos Aires: a contradiction between the beautiful architecture, pleasant trees and people walking and the dirt, decay, and hectic pace of the Southern City.
The street is full of loud and dirty cars and buses and as such it is a loud and dirty place itself. Nonetheless, the sidewalks are wide and comfortable, crosswalks work well at every intersection, and subway entrances and bus stops provide access to the rest of the city.
Avenida de Mayo is impressive. Indeed, it is largely due to this street that that people come away with the impression that Buenos Aires is the “Paris of South America”. The French-style architecture and large, mature street trees create a comfortable and interesting setting for the life on the street level. The street receives special treatment, such as the wrought-iron subway entrances, and it is well-maintained. The bus stops provide no seating, as is customary with bus stops in Buenos Aires. Neither are there seat walls or other opportunities to relax without being a patron at one of the many sidewalk cafes.
Most people use Avenida de Mayo to move. It is not so much a destination as an experience in-transit. The sidewalks and roadway are full of people moving through the city. However, the street level bookstores and cafes along with an occasional cinema or other attraction do provide a destination point for people.
Most people using the street are moving from one point to another in the city. Nonetheless, there are many conversations- people talking to the man running the local newspaper stand, people conversing over lunch or while having their shoes shined, people conducting business. There are also many people walking down the street on a mission, talking only to their cell phone or not at all. The most dominating sounds are that of the traffic. There are tourists and groups here, but the user population (cars and people) is in such a constant state of flux that they are absorbed.