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    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/02/car-free-suburb-planned-for-melbourne-australia.php Car-Free Suburb Planned for Melbourne, Australia by Warren McLaren,
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      Car-Free Suburb Planned for Melbourne, Australia
      by Warren McLaren, Sydney on 02.26.09
      Design & Architecture

      Eco City Melbourne image
      Image: Future Melbourne (Zone 9 is where the eco suburb might be.)

      Given its recent devastation by bushfires (which continue as we write)
      the Australian state of Victoria could do with a good news story. And
      this might be it. A design has been unveiled for a suburb only two
      kiliometres from the central business district of Melbourne that will
      be free of cars. The think tank behind the vision, the Victorian
      Eco-Innovation Lab, reckon this will be equal to removing up to 5,000
      cars from the proposed suburbs roads.

      They plan for the new development to be based around walking, cycling
      and electric vehicles, which a car share type facility available on
      the precinct's fringes.They haven't limited their ambition there though.

      Known by the rather unimaginative name of Eco-City Melbourne, the
      otherwise inspiring proposal also includes for mini urban-farms and a
      "multi-storey farm". Housing will be medium-density with buildings of
      up to eight storeys, using a centralised heating and cooling system.

      The new suburb is expected to "treat all its own sewage and use some
      of the resultant methane for power production. There would also be
      urban wind towers and solar panels to produce electricity."

      Not bad for a location that is only a 25 minute walk to the heart of
      the city.

      But it's all pie in the sky just yet. Although the site is the last
      major development area left close to the city centre, the state
      government's rail service currently owns the land and its lease
      doesn't expire until 2014. But this hasn't stopped the 200 students,
      who developed the Eco-City idea, from dreaming.

      ::Eco-City Melbourne, via The Age and Eco Media
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