Freight Thoughts (Thanks!)
- -J.H. Crawford clarified issues raised in earlier message regarding
direction of freight unloading-
many thanks for the detailed response in regards reasons for unloading as
discussed in book. I think that to get the car free city off the ground the
freight system would (will!) require the most selling as examples of the
passanger system chosen are available and relatively tried and tested.
-Mike Neuman replied to the freight thoughs posting...-
'The ideal situation is to have the people live as close as possible to
their place of employment. So the best approach would find out where the
jobs are going to be and site the homes in those areas.'
I agree that having people close to their jobs is sensible and this would
seem to be a central premise of the car free city as J.H. Crawford advocates
mixed usage of areas (residential/commercial) and not just a nice
environment for people to commute to or from turning the car free city into
a dormetory town.
In regards to finding out where the jobs are going to be a degree of
government planning could (should?) be involved. Very few jobs in the UK
(any global perspectives welcomed!) now require access to a fixed raw
material limiting their location. Rather than trying to predict where jobs
are going to be incentives could be offered to pull business to the car free
city. I personally don't believe that attracting business would be a
problem. They will move if it is made worth their while and would be
attracted by a well housed, happier, perhaps healthier workforce.
In response to the point about increased urban area at the expense of
agricultural land I agree. But it may not be possible to find the perfect
site as he suggests, unless an existing urban area is redeveloped along car
free lines. A personal attraction to the car free city model is actually how
much green space is retained. Could this green space be 'better' for the
environment if it was managed to be more varied than the relative
monoculture of an agricultural field? (reforested to a degree perhaps?)
January Sales suggestion!!!!
I have just finished reading 'Sociable Cities, the legacy of Ebenezer
Howard' by Peter Hall and Colin Ward. An interesting look at the development
of the garden city from concept to dissapointing reality. Bearing in mind
that Ebenezer Howard put forward his city model when the motor car was not
widely available there are a number of parallalls with the car free city.
Also interesting is how the final reality of new towns in the uk is so
different from the garden cities original plan. I wonder what comprimises
wuold (will?) be made in the construction of a car free city?
sorry for long posting!!
Hope all had a good christmas.
Head of Careers and CPSE
Northolt High School
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