How to Build a Village -- Claude Lewenz
- Has anyone read this book? Interesting blog article and interview at:
Proponent of carfree "villages."
- I just got off the phone with Claude Lewenz, who is the
author of the book in question. I suggest everyone on
this list ought to have a look at the site that cbuckeye
included in his message:
and also at:
Although neither of us had ever heard of the other, our thinking has
evolved along similar lines, and he's actually getting ready to put
stuff on the ground.
At 2007-11-07 11:01, you wrote:
>Has anyone read this book? Interesting blog article and interview at:----- ### -----
>Proponent of carfree "villages."
J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities
- This is a good book alright, but nothing new of course.
I see it as a variation on the same theme that has been discussed for years;
compact and sustainable communities to combat urban sprawl.
The difficult issue is how to convert existing wasteful planning in cities
to compact communities; unless of course the compact community plan is
to be considered for new developments, in which case this is another
form of sprawl.
Most large cities are entrenched in unsustainable urban planning; only
individual neighbourhoods can change that, by forming small enclaves
the city in which case it is still not a village because of the circumstances
in relation to the rest of the city.
- --- In email@example.com, lela@... wrote:
> The difficult issue is how to convert existing wasteful planning incities
> to compact communities . . . . onlycircumstances
> individual neighbourhoods can change that, by forming small enclaves
> the city in which case it is still not a village because of the
> in relation to the rest of the city.Ah, but converting existing wasteful planning to compact communities
is the existing challenge, unless we abandon those cities for new
(sprawl) carfree developments. And I look forward to reading this
book for clues as to how best to achieve the goal of a carfree
neighborhood within a city.
I disagree that converting a city to individual neighborhoods cannot
create a village, in the sense of a largely-independent community
(emphasis on community). In my experience in the US, almost all
existing villages (fewer than 5,000 residents) also are poorly planned
and lack many necessities, so that the residents must rely on certain
stores and amenities in neighboring villages and larger cities.
It is encouraging that more of us are thinking about the problem and
can more easily share ideas.