The latest issue of the online magazine dedicated to make cities walkable and livable, The Carfree Times, has been posted.
This issue covers the upcoming release of the Carfree Design Manual, written by J.H. Crawford, is a manual that shows how to design sustainable, carfree cities that meet the needs and desires of their inhabitants. Get your copy today!
Additionally, the Carfree Times is looking for good photographs of carfree urban areas. It would be nice if we could send a few from the USA, but I’m not going to hold my breath on that… Email them to the Carfree Times and maybe your image will grace the pages of the next issue.
Throughout this issue of the Carfree Times, there are sample images from the Carfree Design Manual that illustrate how you can use new on-site design methods that are intended to replicate the evolved character of the urban center and respond to human needs that make for excellent carfree cities.
In the News section of the Carfree Times are reports on the impending CO2 apocalypse that threatens our society, how kids in Japan are shunning cars in favor of mass transit and other, more sustainable means of transportation. How cars make cities unlivable and contributed to urban sprawl. That Europe is rethinking American-style urban sprawl, something that was once called “nostalgic”, but is now call practical and necessary. And that the USA still doesn’t get it when it comes to rail transportation, and calls a train that barely makes 100 mph “high speed” compared to trains in Europe and Japan that routinely do 150 to 220 mph.
The last bit of news is that LimeWire creator, Mark Gorton, is bringing open-source programming principles to urban planning and transportation modeling software. The Open Planning Project has developed open-source origin-and-destination analysis software that can overlay street information sources and help to devise more effective transit routes.
In his editorial, J.H. Crawford talks about how we need to really buckle down and do our very best to reduce our carbon footprint so that we can prevent the CO2 Apocalypse from happening. That we need to tell our city planners, city government that we don’t want to cater to cars anymore, we need to live more sustainably and greener. I wholeheartedly agree with him on this. Cars do not a civilization make, people do. Let’s stop the car cult and put it away as our adolescent phase and strive for a more sustainable future.