How A Car-Free City Works



Writer David Dudley spends time in Venice … a foreign world without cars.

Let’s see … Ottawa has one canal. That’s a start. But harder would be to get cars out of the core.

This from Atlantic’s CityLab:

I recently spent time in Venice, Italy, which was like entering some alternative timeline where this war never happened. Venice’s Centro Storico is Europe’s largest car-free space, a medieval city that somehow managed to make it into the 21st century nearly untouched by internal combustion. And, lemme tell you, it’s weird.

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3 thoughts on “How A Car-Free City Works

  1. Now go look at their sea gate project in Venice, it is amazing.
    Their entire city is a giant preventative maintenance project.
    You guys only need to worry about a little sinkhole now and again. :)

  2. Venice is full of vehicles. They are just called boats.

    Try looking at the Grand Canal at rush hour. It looks just as congested as a busy road. Cars couldn’t work in Venice because the road network is so limited and streets end after a few blocks and then you cross over on a bridge. Nothing on wheels is allowed as the author points out.
    It is a neat experience to walk around a city with no cars but Venice is unique. Amsterdam is also full of canals but the streets are contiguous (even if some run in circles) so as long as a street is wide enough, they tend to have cars and definitely bicycles. But then again, even the canals in Amsterdam are full of bicycles.

    A truly car free city would be just as effective as a city without indoor plumbing.

    1. But at least you wouldn’t have to worry about being hit by a car, as you dodged the contents of the chamber pot being dumped from a second story window.


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