13 May 2009

Urbanism vs. cars

The NY Times has a discussion about the possibility (or lack thereof) of making more places in the US carfree. While Witold Rybczynski points out that only 6 downtowns have enough density for real car-free mass transit lifestyles, Marc Schlossberg (a PPGISer) points out the error in zoning ordinances requiring more parking:
Driving makes sense if there is an easy place to park your car. So reducing the available parking is key.
Some of them are trying out how to get our current world to work better, while others are trying look past new urbanism for the next planning approach to livable neighborhoods.

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