Things quiet down. It’s good for the environment. Residents have a chance to clear the air. But there’s more to Bogota’s Ciclovía. Something sorely needed in the age of smart phones and increasingly stratified urban areas: Community. This city bans cars every Sunday—and people love it. “The most important thing is the social fabric that gets woven [among people who use] the Ciclovía … The Ciclovía is the moment when motor vehicles make way for human beings … Our objective is to make citizens take over the city’s public space.” (This is an idea I can totally merge with.)

+ Let’s keep the vibe going with David Bowie and Mick Jagger performing Dancing in the Streets, live in 1986. And Springsteen singing Out on the Streets in 1980. It would be nice to stop here, but even on days when the car traffic stops, the news traffic doesn’t.