re: building a carfree city
- I tend to agree with Joel on this one. I believe that if a district were to
evolve into a carfree district through direct carfree initiatives, the many
detractors and automobile sympathizers will try to justify the success of
the district on other factors that may or may not have any relevance to the
fact. People would look to any reason for it's success, rather than admit
that it is because of the carfree design principles put in place.
However, if a brand-spankin' new development/village/city were to be built
utilizing the best human scaled carfree design principles, there could be
little doubt that it was those elements that made the settlement a success.
There is so much infrastructure and services that can be redeveloped smarter
from scratch when the automobile element is eliminated, that I can see no
better advertisement for re-examining our culture's dysfunctional
relationship with the automobile than a successful new development.
I fully expect all of us to continue in our local carfree efforts, though.
When we're about ready to move to our carfree utopia, all of the
neighbourhoods we leave behind may just be a little more liveable because of our efforts.
> This is partly because conversions will be much easier once[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> there are millions of people clamoring for them. The best
> way to create a groundswell for this idea is to build at least
> one new carfree city, to prove to everyone that it works and
> is a great way to live. Right now, most people just can't
> imagine living without a car.