Re: [carfree_cities] Negotiating carfree districts (part one)
- I have made two tries at sending a response to the original message
in this thread, but for some reason it has not shown up on the
mailing list. At Joel's suggestion, I have broken it up into two
emails to see if that works. The first part gives some general links
to conversions that have been successfully or unsuccessfully proposed
in Montreal; the second part deals with the gradual pedestrianisation
of parts of downtown Copenhagen and architect-planner Jan Gehl's role
in the process over the past four decades.
I now see that the second part immediately went through on the Yahoo!
list but my first email didn't, so I'm going to break it down again
to see what does get through and where the problem is located.
Here then is part 1a, with the rest in a following email...
On 1-Apr-08, at 3:15 PM, Jason Meggs wrote:
Does anyone have any examples of protocols that have worked in terms of
negotiating carfree areas/districts in existing car-full places?
E.g., in a case where neighbors or businesses have long-term use of
vehicles and even built infrastructure for housing motor vehicles,
obviously at least some of them will want some kind of plan for or help
with the shift. How has this happened in the past? How best can it be
done in the future?
This raises the question in my head of how many carfree conversions
anywhere � if any � (as opposed to carfree areas from scratch) are
actually mixed use rather than just commercial areas that have been
converted to carfree status.
Just to give an example close to home (for me), two carfree projects
slated for Montreal this summer are both commercial areas. One
project aims to close two streets in touristy Old Montreal for most
of the day every day this coming summer:
The other is to close 2 km in the Gay Village segment of Saint-
Catherine Street to car traffic Between June 24th and Labour Day
weekend in the beginning of September:
The rest of my reply is in the message called "Negotiating carfree
districts (part two)".
Montreal QC Canada
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