Re: [carfree_cities] Digest Number 590
>Crystal City (Virginia, US) has underground climate controlled walkways
>From: "michelle@..." <michelle@...>
>Adding to his topology, I would suggest a frigid carfree city would also
>have (to protect the people walking in frostbite temperatures for
>possibly up to 15 minutes):
>-a system of underground streets (Toronto is an excellent example)
>-the metro system would definitely be underground (to protect the tracks
>& to keep people warm while waiting)
with shops, grocery, etc and an underground metro. One need not go
above ground at all.
Unfortunately, the above ground areas are car dominated.
So low temperatures do not obviate carfree cities; indeed, they can
become far more livable. Bikes and segways may be limited in such a
The layout of residences can be much more freeform if aboveground
walkways are not needed.
- OUr aversion to cold is, to a great extent, cultural (read:taught). For 10's
of thousands of years, peoples from all over the earth have lived in harmony
with the elements, both heat and cold, and continue to do so. Re-learning to
dress for the weather, re-learning to celebrate extremes shouldn't only be
the mandate of the poets and misfits. All of humanity was/is created to
experience a far greater range of life experiences than those which
corporate America puts on our plates. Cold- its just a sensation, after all.
sincerely, Vincent Hedger
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