Here follows the second part of my reply...
The best example of a conversion process I can think of would be
Strøget, the main carfree street in Copenhagen ( http://
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strøget ). Below are a number of interesting
links that talk about the history of pedestrianisation efforts in
Copenhagen and the role played by architect/urban planner Jan Gehl
) in planning the process.
Even here, carfree conversion essentially affects only main streets
(cf. the map in the first link below; click to enlarge it) and no
districts are carfree as such...
Elements of a something like a protocol can be found in the 2002
Metropolis Magazine article "Pedestrian Cities. Encourage walking and
cycling. Discourage cars and parking." with its summary of
"Copenhagen's 10-step program":
Some elements can also be gleaned from a look at the "vision &
ideology" and "services" pages at Jan Gehl's architectural firm's web
In this interview in the same number of Metropolis, Gehl gives a nice
summary of the process as it took place in Copenhagen:
Finally, a couple of interesting links having to do with work Gehl is
doing in New York City:
Again, Gehl's work is restricted to pedestrianising main streets and
"humanising" the streetscape without converting neighbourhoods
wholesale to carfree status, but seems useful as a source of
inspiration for developing conversion protocols, something that could
be taken into account along with Joel's proposed protocol.
Montreal QC Canada
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