Will Paris Ban Cars? Oui Et Non

BBC short video documentaries are always excellent. They’ve had some practice at it at the Beeb.

This video explores the tops of the waves and whether Paris will ban cars. Will it construct 15-minute neighbourhoods?

Those are two of the very fashionable and completely impossible concepts that urban planners and civilians and other practitioners of the faux science of urban planning ponder over white wine and canapes.

Ban cars? So how do people buy big products and shop? They move to the suburbs where communities are constructed, maybe not in the way the planners of the world want them, but they reflect how people live.

And in Ottawa, how do you ban cars in the core? What replaces them? OC Transpo as it is currently configured today? Hardly. Bicycles? Curious to see how many cyclists will be out there in 20 centimetres of snow this afternoon. There will be some cyclists but ‘some’ does not make a city run. And will they be carrying a sofa they just purchased in Orleans on their back?

The BBC video is interesting however and falls on the side of banning cars for the most part. But of course it does. It’s Paris. Fashionable but not always practical.

To watch the short video, click here.

Ken Gray



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3 Responses

  1. Andrew says:

    I hope your readers do not confuse 15 minute neighborhoods with banning cars. There is an intentional rage farming going on where people are being told that officials will make sure people cannot “leave” their “neighborhood”, which is pure misinformation. For clarity, the concept ensures food, essentials, and safe active transportation within a 15 minute walk/bike, and has nothing to do with the car, rather it is a city planning goal for zoning, transportation and incentives.

  2. David Jones says:

    That bizarre (wrong) take on planning is a strictly USA phenomenon – a country known for all things weird.

  3. Ken Gray says:


    I’m not sure what you mean. Could you explain again?



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