Imagine a city free of the noise, stench, and danger of cars, trucks, and buses,
where basic needs such as groceries and child care are just a five-minute walk from
home, where the longest commute takes 35 minutes door-to-door aboard a
cheap, safe, and comfortable rail system. J.H. Crawford argues convincingly that
carfree cities are a better choice than today's auto-dependent cities. He believes
that the time has come to reclaim city streets for human activity. Crawford sees the
carfree city as a essential to sustainable development, and he describes an
efficient city structured to maximize the quality of life. He offers practical suggestions for
gradually implementing the reference design in new and existing cities around the world.
Carfree Cities is a beacon of sanity that shows how to end the danger, pollution, and
breakdown of social systems that stem from auto-centrism. By rejecting the assumption
that continued urban car use is inevitable, Crawford returns to us the street life and
social connection we enjoyed for thousands of years, and disrupted just 75 years
ago, with the advent of automobiles.