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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Life goes on without cars in German suburb | CFACT

Life goes on without cars in German suburb | CFACT

What would life be like without cars? Well for residents of Vauban, Germany, living without cars is a reality – as the town has now become a showcase for the latest utopian vision of suburban planners. In Vauban, there is no more parallel parking or squeezing your car into a garage bursting with lawn equipment and bicycles. That’s because over 80 percent of those living in Vauban have no cars! Now city officials do give people the option of car ownership – if they don’t mind paying a $40,000 dollar permit fee. They are also denying permits to businesses unless they set up shop in areas where cars are not necessary. Sounds like an experimental community unlikely to appeal to NASCAR fans.

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