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View Poll Results: What will be N. America's first car free city? (US and Canada only)
NYC 35 42.68%
Toronto 2 2.44%
Chicago 0 0%
Philadelphia 4 4.88%
Ottawa 0 0%
San Francisco 7 8.54%
Seattle 6 7.32%
Boston 6 7.32%
DC 2 2.44%
Vancouver 9 10.98%
Portland 4 4.88%
Montreal 2 2.44%
Other 5 6.10%
Voters: 82. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-23-2015, 09:07 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Richard Florida tweeted this article from NY Magazine today and I thought it was an interesting read.

So which city in the US and Canada do you think has the clearest path to achieving a car free lifestyle? Please support your reasons if possible with projects in the pipeline or policy discussions that would support such a rapid change.

What Will Be America?s First Car-Free City? -- Next
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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A car free lifestyle is already possible in many cities, but I like driving tho and dislike the notion that its something to be looked down upon.
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:11 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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None.

I am not aware of a car-free city today in the whole world.
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:12 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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A car free lifestyle is already possible in many cities, but I like driving tho and dislike the notion that its something to be looked down upon.
I dont think it should be looked down upon either, I own a car myself. It is possible to look into which cities could achieve this, even if you do not agree with the policy.
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:18 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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None.

I am not aware of a car-free city today in the whole world.
I believe this is not meant to be taken completely literally. I believe the author is advocating that the main cores of certain cities (Or at least large zones within them) be closed off from cars completely. Copenhagen is an example of a city that has done this successfully.

There are already car free streets in some N. American cities, but large car free zones to that level? I am unable to think of any off the top of my head.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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I think in about 40-50 years Midtown and Downtown Manhattan will be car free.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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NYC or Toronto probably
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Probably would have to be a small town or city where everything is within walking distance.

Think you are going to have a hard time getting all those 1%ers to take the subway. They may not drive themselves to work, but they get there in a car.

It's like that bit on 30 Rock when Jack Donaughy (Baldwin) is convinced his girlfriend (Selma Hyack) is making up a word when she talks about a Metro Card.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:20 AM
 
Location: The Dirty South.
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NYC hands down. What be funny is if a city with the land mass of Houston accomplished that feat before everybody else. But that's not going to happen.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:49 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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I agree that certain zones in NYC seem like they would be ready for this type of development. I also agree with the author that Boston would be a perfect candidate if they get their transit priorities in order and invest in the MBTA, because pedestrian wise its an excellent city.

A sleeper may be Montreal, and I think that may be the city I actually vote for. Great commitment to pedestrian only streets, strong Metro system and just a pleasure of a city to walk through in general.

1. Montreal
2. Boston
3. NYC
4. DC

Those would be the main contenders.
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