6832Re: [carfree_cities] Minimum Size of Carfree Districts?
- Jan 28, 2004It'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)
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