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I'm ready for a US Car-Free City
12 years ago
I recall visiting Venice a few years back. I remember how peaceful and quiet it was, even though there were hundreds of thousands of tourists there. I think this is just what the US needs - a brand spanking new CAR-FREE city. The Press would jump all over this. The city would have free advertising, just based on the novelty. I'll bet that if some entrepeneur started something like this, he'd get a ton of interest. This investor could purchase a large tract of land, near some city, and connect with a major Metropolitan area's light rail. And just like people must park their cars at the train station in Venice, they'd have to do this in Serenityville (how's that for a name?). I found this link, and it has some interesting designs for Car-Free cities. I'll bet there are a number of industries that would love to have their home-base in this kind of city. Not only would the city be quiet, but there would be NO auto accidents. To maintain the quiet atmosphere, I think internal combustion engines, in general, should not be allowed (gasoline powered lawnmowers, etc). I've attached a poll. I'm curious what others think. -------------------------------------------------------------------Jim New favorite quote: "Apathy is probably the greatest criticism that can be applied to anything"
12 years ago
A car free city is a tremendously refreshing concept whose time has arrived. Kudos for the thread!
12 years ago
Venice is a great example. Leave your car at Porta Roma, and travel by water from there. It is the best walking city I know, not the least of which because there are no cars.
carfree economics
12 years ago
i've been thinking long and hard about carfree cities eversince i came by that website a few years back. i've realized that there are lots of good reasons for going carfree, like the environment, sustainability, peace and quiet. But none of them have traction with the general public. fortunately, carfree cities also have the most powerful motivator on its side: economics. by building densely (like venice), and not giving away land to cars, you can reduce the cost of living by 33%. So, the average household in america spends about $50K/year, in a carfree neighborhood they could spend about $34k/year for the same sized home. That would be a powerful motivator for residents. Businesses could also save money, especially the small mom and pop shops who could use the bottom floor of their homes as shops, thereby reducing their overhead to almost nothing. anyway, i've tried to make this point on my website, i would like to see my home town, Phoenix, rebuilt its slums in this manner.... tell me what you think. dawson, accountant and activitst
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