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6832Re: [carfree_cities] Minimum Size of Carfree Districts?

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  • J.H. Crawford
    Jan 28, 2004
      It's an interesting and difficult question to answer. It depends in
      part on whether it's an urban or rural rail line. If urban, then I
      think 30-50 acres is enough; if rural, maybe double that. But
      it depends so much on circumstances, especially the matter of the
      local economy, that I don't think you can really establish a firm
      guideline. I think you have to assess it case-by-case. The first
      question has to be, how do people earn their living?


      >I know I'm dabbling in the realm of the highly unlikely here, but if one
      >could construct a greenfield carfree development along a rail line that
      >was going to open in the next 10-20 years, even in a very auto-oriented
      >place, how small could it be and still stand a chance of getting a
      >critical mass to support itself?
      >I'm thinking in terms of local retail, etc.? Would 50 acres do at the 1.5
      >FAR? 30? Or do we need to go higher? (I'm working from Crawford's
      >reference district idea here)
      >Patrick McDonough
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