towns without cars

12 05 2009

[by SR] Like many others, I’m sure, I’ve often fantasized about towns without cars – would it be feasible?  Maybe have a light rail line and perhaps routes for emergency services and perhaps shuttles for the elderly and disabled… but otherwise, no cars.  Anyhow, I just came across this interesting article in today’s New York Times: “In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars”.
Something tells me that there’s a catch, because there always is, and that for some reason there’s something really wrong with the idea.  But to that, I guess I’d say, the reverse is probably more true: that there are some things really wrong with towns with cars.  Maybe the many natures of urbanization and development would be very different as a result, but that can be good and bad.




One response

23 09 2009

try to walk or bike in the heat or cold, especially when you are older and arthritic

I suspect a lot of folks ask their auto owning neighbors to drive them around.

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