10440affordable carfree areas
- Sep 13, 2007In Asia also, I have walked through some lovely
neighborhoods of narrow lanes, particularly in Dhaka
and Kathmandu, no cars, very colorful and vivid street
life, vendors with bicycle carts, kids playing in the
streets, very quiet (the occasional motorbike hardly
compensates for constant honking!). They are indeed
low-income neighborhoods, and I doubt the residents
realize how lucky they are (poor ventilation,
crowding, etc. etc.).
In Dhaka we chose a lower income neighborhood to live
in; directly across the main street the rents are
higher, the streets wider, the cars far more abundant,
and thus the noise that much worse. There are still
cars where we live, and as a result the only people I
know are not the residents of the buildings but the
guards, vendors, students, and beggars.
The problem, again, is that nobody in these
neighborhoods seems to see carfree as a good
thing...yet anyway...so it seems there are two angles
to approach, highlighting the advantages of already
carfree areas, and making them widespread enough that
the rents can't always be atrociously high when people
DO realize the benefits. ??
--- Randall Ghent <rghent@...> wrote:
> In North Africa, where carfree areas (medinas) of____________________________________________________________________________________
> substantial size exist in
> most cities, the carfree areas include a mix of
> income levels, from very
> poor to very rich.
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