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Old 05-02-13, 08:05 PM
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List of carfree cities... or city areas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_car-free_places

Someone has put a lot of work into this wonderful list.

I spot a large number of Canadian carfree city areas, including one in my old hometown of St John's.

You see one near you? It think you can add one if it's missing.
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Old 05-02-13, 08:21 PM
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Interesting list. I've been to all three of the Toronto locations, and I live in one of them!
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
.....Someone has put a lot of work into this wonderful list....
J.H. Crawford--the godfather of the carfree movement--created the list and moved it onto Wikipedia several years ago. Crawford's web site contains photos and videos of many of these carfree places. This guy is truly awesome.

http://www.carfree.com/
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Old 05-03-13, 06:37 PM
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Do they have an idiot free list? I wanna move there : P.
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Old 05-03-13, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Jared. View Post
Interesting list. I've been to all three of the Toronto locations, and I live in one of them!

Are cars allowed?

The areas mentioned for St John's actually do have cars roll through, except one street which holds all the bars. There are quite a few streets where it's almost impossible for cars to pass (particularly the Lower Battery...) but cars to manage to creep thru and park in the oddest places.

A lot of Italian cities are like that too. The narrow city centre streets will be difficult for cars to manoever but every once in a while you'll see one trying to back out of a tight spot.
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
Are cars allowed?
Yes. I will post a pic of where I live on Sun/Mon. They allow vehicles in the Distillery District in the morning for construction, repairs, deliveries, etc. I think it is around 11 when they get all the vehicles out (when a majority of the businesses open). The area is really only 3 square blocks.

Toronto Islands have emergency vehicles, and some vehicles parked on the island, so it is not truly car free. I would assume a large majority of the residents of the island do not have cars.

The last one is Tommy Thompson park. It's a large reserved area with one access road, and no vehicles. No one lives in that area, nor are there any businesses, amenities, etc.

So they are all "cop outs" in one way or another.
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Ok.. I found some photos of the Lower Battery.




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battery,_St._John's

As you can see, the neighbourhood predates the automobile... although I notice one poking its nose out.

The Battery is home to Chain Rock, a land outcropping to which a large chain and anti-submarine boom were attached connecting to Fort Amherst in order to prevent the entry of German U-boats into the harbour during World War II. Chain Rock is one of two rocks located on opposite sides of the Narrows, Chain Rock on the battery side and Pancake Rock on the opposite. The space between the two rocks is 174 meters. Chain Rock and Pancake Rock were used as early as 1770.[1] A chain was stretched between both rocks by means of a capstan at nightfall to prevent illegal entry of enemy ships. During World War I the chain was replaced with anti-submarine nets.
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This one looks interesting:

http://www.bicyclecitysc.com/



However, most of the places listed here in the states are just a few blocks of bars, a pedestrian mall, college campus, etc.--hardly worth a mention.
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Originally Posted by Jared. View Post
The last one is Tommy Thompson park. It's a large reserved area with one access road, and no vehicles. No one lives in that area, nor are there any businesses, amenities, etc.
I like that place, very cool area, sometimes I ride my bike there all the way from mississauga. I hope that area continues to stay natural and no cars will ever be allowed in there.
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Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
This one looks interesting:

http://www.bicyclecitysc.com/



However, most of the places listed here in the states are just a few blocks of bars, a pedestrian mall, college campus, etc.--hardly worth a mention.
That one was a PR boondogle, never got off the ground. AFAIK never sold any houses in it either.

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