car free cities of the future

San francisco developer is building north america’s first car-free community

“Our goal is to remake cities all over the US for people, not cars.”  Well that’s quite a statement – and a very welcome one.  Culdesac is a developer founded by two ex-Phoenix residents who have a pedestrianised vision for communities of the future.  They have already started on a 1000 people development in the city of Tempe with a launch some time in 2020.

Tempe is one of the cities in greater Phoenix and is a young and vibrant city home to the Arizona State University, one of the main employers in the area.

Instead of building the development around the car, Culdesac say that design plans have been freed up. They say on their site that more than half of the land area will be covered in landscaping, public courtyards, and greenery, and where paved roads would normally dominate people are now prioritised.

Interestingly this could just be the start of this kind of urban revolution as they also mention on their site that they are looking at Denver, Dallas and Raleigh-Durham.

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