1627Re: Any existing car free cities in US?
- Sep 30, 2000
> What about a carefree block? Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyoneon
> a single block agreed to remove the street and their driveways. Init
> their place they could plant flowers, vegetables and grass. Isn't
> amazing the idea of simply removing a single block is sooutrageous?
> I live in Cambridge MA (where unfortunately houses cost a smallIn the last year or so, I too have dreamed about creating a car-free
> fortune) but I would be more than happy to talk with anyone
> in this idea.
community somewhere, or redesigning an existing town or urban center
to operate without that iron shield we've wedged between ourselves
and our neighbors. There has to be enough of us, like-minded folk to
make this possible.
I live in Marin county, just north of San Francisco, the so-called
birthplace of mountain biking. You'd be quite shocked to see the
amount of car (and SUV !?!) traffic clogging the streets of our
towns, and an abysmal rate of carpooling I might add. I stand guilty
myself, as there is no plausible way to get my children to school
that doesn't require an automobile. And, we've NO schoolbus in the
district either. 4.6 miles, 1 mountain, and a crowded freeway stand
between home and school. Although a relocation is planned, I've not
yet found a workable option.
As for ideas on converting blocks or districts, I'm looking at
Alameda - for those of you familiar with the bay area. It is
virtually an island, with ferry service to San Francisco, near an
International Airport (Oakland) and even close to a BART line. I'm
not sure what is happening to the old military base, but if
available, it could be completely redesigned. I think Alameda is a
perfect size - large enough to support a thriving car-free community
with shops, neighborhoods, schools, business and offices, the
question is how do you convice the homeowners and business owners?
Oh, I'm very pleased to have found this forum, I've been reading
through some of the archived discussions and hope to get to know you
all better in the time to come. I'm also very much looking forward to
reading Carfree Cities, the website is amazing.
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