Jaime Velazquez

Jaime Velazquez is a journalist based in Madrid.

Kids play soccer in a main square without cars.

What Happens to Kid Culture When You Close the Streets to Cars

In the Spanish city Pontevedra, a family-friendly “pedestrianization” policy has helped increase the population of kids, despite the country’s low birth rates.

A birdhouse hangs from a tree branch near traffic signs in central Madrid.

Bugs and Birds: New Residents of a Greener Madrid

Since 2015, Madrid’s government has been trying to increase the city’s biodiversity. Hundreds of birdhouses and “insect hotels” around the city seem to be working.