final judgement for carfree living in Germany:
There is a judgement of "OVG Muenster" (highest court of state
"North-Rhine-Westfalia"/Germany) with final importance for carfree living in
It`s a very positive confirmation for all our attempts and initiatives,
because the laywers refused with very good arguments the very
popular/conservative neighbour-fears like "the carfree inhabitants of a new
carfree quarter will all have a private car and park it outside in our
neighborhood". I think this judgement may be a big help for you all outside
germany too, because of the arguments, partially they can be generally used.
A short summary (german only) you find here in the site of the green party in
www.gruene.landtag.nrw.de/publik/newsletter/0208-Infrastruktur.htm (it`s the
last report on the site, titled "OVG Münster zu Autofreies Wohnen: Auf ganzer
Linie bestätigt". Copy it and try to translate with
my english is too bad, sorry)
For questions about this judgement please contact/ask for Green-Party expert
for carfree development Mr. Martin Toennes, you will find him over the contact
of the green website
). (He made a big research about potential new carfree
places in Berlin in the beginning of the `90s.)
Or maybe Mr. James Kushner is a help for you: He is professor of law
specializing in urban planning and carfree-expert, at Southwestern University
School of Law, Los Angeles, California:
www.swlaw.edu. He visited our planned carfree project in Berlin and others in
Europe this summer.
link-tip: carfree island in italy:
look at this wonderful website about a nearly carfree island "Filicudi" near
Napoli/Italy, I got this link today:
it`s part of a group of islands (Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli,
Vulcano), and "Alicudi" is absolutly carfree.
more of carfree-holiday-locations, cities with big pedestrian areas and carfree
projects & initiatives in Europe & world wide, see my lists in
www.autofrei-wohnen.de/Proj/Projekte-Urlaub.html (oversight/start, german pages
with some english links)
Markus Heller, Berlin
working group "Carfree Quarter At The Panke", Berlin/Germany
P.S.: J.H. Crawford, your page is great, and your engagement is a big support !!
Thanks for all.