Urban planning is not a modern phenomenon but it has been evolving since ancient times. For example, when railways were introduced, it was a big achievement for humankind. Similarly, no one thought that high rise buildings would ever be possible during our human existence. However, mankind made great progress and started creating all kinds of things that made life simpler.

At Enlighten, we collated a few modern-day innovations in urban zones that are hopefully very inspiring to many other cities.

21. The traffic light on the sidewalk is for pedestrians who are always on their phones.

litscience / instagram20. Let the smoke belong to you only.

19. Japan turned their old phone booths into mini aquariums.

robin.perdriolle / instagram18. The typewriter bench — choose your case!

ImADonut / Imgur17. The very colorful basketball court in Paris

Unknown / Imgur16. When you get to rest like this in the middle of the street:

15. Senior citizens can extend their crossing time with this innovation.

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14. No more safekeeping the city map when this new invention is in town.

13. A hat for each head

youandmeandrainbows / Imgur12. When you don’t have to worry about getting a sunburn:

11. Because the desire to read can come on anytime!

10. Girls must be so happy with this invention!

SaLaMoNy / Imgur9. Bike stands occupying minimal space

<-31">Rob Manders / Twitter8. The centipede cinema in the Portuguese city of Guimarães

7. Just swing away while waiting for the bus.

<-35">aliali123 ‏/ Twitter6. Every child deserves this!

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5. When you suddenly don’t feel like walking anymore and take a rest:

Curbed / Twitter4. Making sweeping easier

3. A playing ball vending machine

<-44">JCDecaux Creative Solutions / Flickr2. Fun mirrors at the bus stop relieve stress.

<-47">Juan Pablo G / Twitter1. Fun in the middle of the street

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Which one did you like the most? Would you want something similar to be introduced in your city? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.