Here’s a great little site on the joys of car free cities. They have examples of cities that have effective car free space (such as Morocco and Venice), proven transportation and shipping options and tons of resources.
They also direct us to worldcarfree.net

Here’s an example of a car free living space, with emphasis on green space, from Lyon, France.


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Snippet from the Introduction:

The Problem
The industrialized nations made a terrible mistake when they turned to the automobile as an instrument of improved urban mobility. The car brought with it major unanticipated consequences for urban life and has become a serious cause of environmental, social, and aesthetic problems in cities. The urban automobile:

~Kills street life
~Damages the social fabric of communities
~Isolates people
~Fosters suburban sprawl
~Endangers other street users
~Blots the city’s beauty
~Disturbs people with its noise
~Causes air pollution
~Slaughters thousands every year
~Exacerbates global warming
~Wastes energy and natural resources
~Impoverishes nations

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