Modern cities are designed for cars. But the city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians.
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Its better to just design cities with cars in mind, Socialist city planners in USSR, East Germany and many other Socialist countries took into account cars, they put huge main roads in the cities and moved residential areas into small islands with smaller roads connected to the big main roads.
Most of these countries had low car ownership however mostly because public transportation was too good and barely cost anything and in places like Moscow or other large cities it was free in order to reduce car ownership even more.
The answer is to simply build more public transportation, I live in Northern Norway and a car is a must, cannot go anywhere without a car here however down South there is public transportation everywhere so a car is not needed at all, you can literally take the train to get to the other end of the city for a small fee and then go back in less than 30 minutes, driving the same distance to the same destination would been a nightmare.
i think we should move towards banning cars for personal use altogether. it is a parasitic invention which has made itself necessary (look up an article called 'the social ideology of the motorcar' - great read)
the city i live in (pittsburgh) doesn't have public transport outside of our bus system, subways never got off the ground here.. but what i use often is a bus-only road. so you can cruise on a bus through a major city at 50 mph with no traffic lights and no traffic, faster than you could ever hope on your own car. service and emergency vehicles can use it if they need to, too. sometimes i think about what a wonderful city it'd be if we had only such roads, and expanded our public transit to accommodate this new system.
we'd see close-by mom-and-pop shops over department stores and supermarkets.. we could build more compactly to get downtown faster.. our environment would be quieter and cleaner.. we wouldn't pay for car insurance or gas.. one step towards utopia in my eyes.
cars might always be necessary in rural areas and non-metropolitan towns, but cities don't need them and suburbs wouldn't exist without them (good riddance)
I think this video focuses too much on the superblock concept without even showing us what they look like. All they did was show us shots of LA Rambla. Not only that but they failed to show the unique bicycle inclusive sidewalks littered throughout the city. I've been watching a ton of the transportation videos by Vox and I can't understand with all the incredible graphics they use, a lack of quality in their content.
This generates social inequalities. Citizens who have the fortune to live inside the superblocks do so quietly, without noise generated by the traffic and enjoying a good quality of life, the interior of the superblocks increases its value and the prices of the floors go up. However, in the exterior the traffic increases considerably, acoustic pollution and pollution also increase (the number of vehicles in the city is NOT reduced, but they are forced to travel in other places in a more concentrated and fast way) and the quality of the neighbors of the exterior zones decreases while the value of their apartments also decreases.
In conclusion, if the solution to the problems of urban mobility ends up generating a serious socio-economic problem in the cities, it is obviously not a good solution ... Not even acceptable.
As a cyclist, the Superblock traffic anarchy that happens in Barcelon's superblocks scares me. I ride fast, I have places to be and those superblock areas look like an accident with a child wandering in to my path waiting to happen. Because of safety considerations, I am very likely to end up riding on the main roads ( which would need to be widened, if I'm not mistaken, as more traffic will flow through them, needing either a higher average speed or a lower density of cars to prevent traffic congestion), which would not get me out of the danger zone at all. The wider and much more frequented arteries of traffic would also be significantly louder, creating higher noise pollution on the outside of the superblock.
all in all, while it looks pretty neat, the only real benefit i see is that parking was largely moved underground. But this would benefit any city anyway, and it explains much of the space gain - parking cars is one of the main issues that any citizen of any city will identify as something they would like to see adressed. The only problem is that building enough underground parking spaces is expensive as hell.
Finally, something that a lot of these proposals ignore, the personal motor vehicle is at least 20% faster than public transport. Sometimes more, sometimes less, even if you factor in walking to your car and finding a space for it later on.
Free public transportation and "no car zones", along with adequate free parking, would solve a lot of problems. If every other road was a "no car zone", that would save a LOT. If only from the lack of a need for intersections, with the appropriate walk-overs and walk-unders, for pedestrians. (They are cheaper then underground and raised roads.)
The internet has been the biggest contributor to less traffic, but also less local business. Both going hand in hand with one another. Local businesses die-off, due to an inability to compete with the online stores that are not paying high rent for "previously prime locations". Now those locations are even higher rent. Not because they are prime locations, but because so many shops are moving out and land-lords are trying to sustain the gross income from the few tenants that exist there still. (While they rent themselves into debt.)
Add that to the general shift in moving... People are moving out of old, nasty, slumlord locations in the rotting, overpriced cities. Headed to the suburbs and "going tiny", as rent rises and mortgages fall behind. Never even caring about attempting to pay back the remainder of debts... Because the last thing they are worried about is getting more credit than they should have had in the first place. Being cozy "living small", resulting in them actually being able to finally "live large".
All the kings horses and all the kings men... Nothing will save a gutter town from the wrath of greedy men. Except the final starvation of those who now run those ghost-towns without anyone left to feed the greed they need.
There are a lot more people in the U.S., and a lot more wealth....we have the world's largest economy....cars are a huge part of American history, and people still love their cars, and always will. We have emission control centers all over the U.S., so I think that we are doing our part...but I guarantee you that everything south of our border is doing nothing.
What on earth are you talking about, the EU has over 50% more people than the U.S. and almost every country and every city in Europe is like this. Wealth has less to do with it than you think; it's true the U.S has more wealth, and the largest economy, but it is also significantly more unequal. Our money is more evenly distributed so most can afford a car, however, some choose not to because you don't need to. The cities are walkable and public transportation is much much better.
why even let motorvehicles into the superblocks at all? Unless you have a disability and cannot use an electric tricycle then there is no need to have a personal vehicle within any city centre. Owning a car needs to be more expensive, it's too cheap and too easy to use within built up areas!
In barcelona air pollution level is around 60
Where I live in India there is so much space for cars and there are so many cars.pollution level is always around 100.There are really so many cars in Delhi.I seriously hope the government does something.
I can't walk 3 blocks away from my house despite being in a "downtown" area. Even the spots I can walk are filled with cars on top of sidewalks, streets that are impossible to cross, etc. Heck, going to the states makes me envy the walkability there... I have low standards.
With many boulevards in Jerusalem, Israel becoming car-free light-rail/pedestrian routes, you are beginning to see a dramatic rise in air quality, increase in business along pedestrian only avenues, and rise in overall quality of life.
More international cities should adopt car-free urban roads.
Fewer cars would also provide an economic boost since that's less money going towards car manufacturers, insurance companies, and vehicular maintenance industries. That's a big reason why I drive an older car - that and it keeps the materialists at bay.
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America has parking spaces, streets with lanes, comfort and convenience. Of course anything denigrating even common sense and logic is an ode to 40 years of brainwashing in academia. We have mix-use urban villages but also convenience and freedom of using a car.
Living in the Netherlands having the luxury of good bicycle and walking lanes, the idea of having our cities made car free in the centers still sounds awesome to me.
Mingle with people in dense urban surroundings but also with a good amount of green and no car sounds horns smell... i support!
If you really need to get somewhere lets say across the city, throw a bicicle in your car ^___^
I'm sure this could be nice in many cities. But I would die if they implemented this into my city in the California Center Valley. It's so HOT, nobody wants to walk or be outside. In the summer it's over 100 F every single day. No one would choose to walk to get to places even if they had this option just because the heat.
I like this idea but you make it come off like we’re scared of cars lol. The only problem is when you push all of the cars onto specific roads traffic spikes and the can cause people to be late for work and stuff.
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