Can You Imagine?

From NYT today, an article on residents of an upscale suburban community where they’ve given up their cars mostly. To us here in the States, that’s like an episode of the Outer Limits or the Twilight Zone. With the catch being yes we’re all riding bikes, but the cyclists have pig faces or are actually in some alien lab, or something weird like that:

“Car ownership is allowed, but there are only two places to park – large garages at the edge of the development, where a car-owner buys a space, for $40,000, along with a home.”


Photo: Martin Specht for The New York Times

Vauban Germany reaches this carless nirvana by designing the community around pedestrians and not cars

“Cars are forbidden on most of Vauban’s streets, and houses cannot have driveways or garages.”


Is this possible? Has anyone been to Vauban?


NYT republishes the article on their blog.

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