Re: [carfree_cities] Re-worked automobile city
- Doug said:
>In view of the magnitude of an entire New City project, it seems likelyThat's certainly how I see it.
>that the first real world applications will be for carfree districts
>adjacent to existing city cores, linked via existing trams, metro, whatever.
>Blighted areas and abandoned industrial zones are plentiful (happily, often
>on waterfronts), and we're talking about the ultimate turnaround for
The Toronto site is fabulous. I'll have to post a sketch of it
when I get back to Amsterdam. It's a roughly diamond-shaped area
about 4 km east-west and 2 km north-south (measured, that is, from
the extremities). It's right on the waterfront (it's mostly old
wharf areas and so forth), with direct water access. It abuts downtown
Toronto, and the connection by tram is easy to do. There is the
one minor problem of a major elevated freeway that runs along the north
edge of the area. There's already some talk of tearing at least
part of it down, and I suppose we could live with it if need be.
Otherwise a perfect site.
>Given such a (relatively) modest goal, the initial project(s) might not beHey, if the gas prices continue to skyrocket, we'll have
>so very far in the future. It is already possible, even here in the Wild
>West, to find developers familiar and comfortable with various flavors of
>New Urbanism, Transit Oriented Development, Pedestrian Pockets, etc.
>Carfree districts won't be an impossible imaginative stretch for a few of
>them. As for the bankers, regulators and all the zillions of others we'll
>need to bring on board, well, challenges are character building.
an easy sell. People will be screaming, "what do we do, what do we do??"
The answer is obvious.
>And, of course, we will sound saner with each new record for oil and gasMore on this point soon--we've got work to do.
>We just need to keep spreading the word.
J.H. Crawford _Carfree Cities_
> J.H. Crawford wrote:Yes, without making a big fuss -- "look, car free!" -- car free
> > I proposed on TV in Toronto last week that they take an area
> > right next to downtown ... and designate it as a carfree area...
> > We need demo projects ASAP.
districts can be designated, alternate transportation systems worked
into place and suddenly it will not be an off the wall idea. It will be
shown, several times, in different urban environments to work. It may
be helpful to be able to work out the bugs without a spotlight on the