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Carfree Cities Paperback – Nov 1 2002
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He starts out by expounding on the problem: why cars in cities are bad. From environmental pollution to safety threats, he covers all the negatives about automobiles.
Then he offers a theoretical solution: a reference design for a carfree city. It incorporates a large amount of public space and green space with moderately dense development. The city is based around small, pedestrian friendly districts connected by a rail-based metro (subway) or tram (streetcar) system. He also covers additional problems like the transportation of freight and emergency vehicles.
The last portion of the book offers some more practical suggestions for transforming existing cities, creating new ones, and alternatives. Well researched, well documented, and very creative.
Would you enjoy living in a place where the kids can get to school in the morning; to soccer practice in the afternoon; to grandma's over the weekend; and to their friend's house anytime.... without having to ask mom for a ride? Where senior citizens may sit in nearby parks while children play; instead of being sentenced to the isolation of a retirement 'community'? ... Where they can reach the nearby doctor or the market on foot?
For the intrigued skeptic, J. H. Crawford's, "Carfree Cities" provides a comprehensive review of existing, successful patterns of urban development; as well as several proven technologies for conveniently and efficiently transporting people and freight. The accompanying website... offers a quarterly update of developments in a few new car free residential neighborhoods ( in Amsterdam, Vienna and Hamburg ); as well as the popular and growing car free districts in many historic city centers: in Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere. Crawford, a former public transport ombudsman for the State of New Jersey, combines the best of all of this into a brilliantly coherent Reference Design for a car free city. A benchmark, which can be adapted to fit the unique needs and topography of almost any area.Read more ›
Therefore, while I don't necessarily accept Crawford's total exclusion of cars, I find his solutions vitally important to the future of cities. Furthermore, I don't think that anyone would have taken him seriously unless he did what he has done: to show that a totally carfree solution is possible. Not only is it possible, but Crawford has shown that it is both feasible and practical. Congratulations to him for this outstanding work.
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At a time when fresh ideas are needed to renew our ways of building cities, this book is a huge disappointment. Read morePublished on June 24 2009 by Pierre Gauthier
[....] Crawford makes a strong argument about why the automobile is probably the worst invention to man. The statistics in the book are excellent. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2002 by JD
I consider Carfree Cities to be a landmark text with excitingpossibilities to reverse the decimation of our cities, our society,our open spaces including wilderness and farmland,... Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2000 by Jason Meggs
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