A developer creating neighborhoods intentionally designed without areas for residents’ cars has plans to build a community in Dallas-Fort Worth, reports Bisnow.
The developer, San Francisco-based Culdesac, has started work on one such community in Tempe, Arizona. The neighborhood is called Culdesac Tempe and it is expected to have 1,000 residents occupying 636 multifamily units without private cars or parking spots, according to Bisnow. The Tempe development is expected to launch in 2020, but no timeframe has been given for a DFW neighborhood.
Culdesac’s goal is to remake cities across the country for people, not cars, according to its website. The Arizona community plans to have retail in the neighborhood and spots for visitors and car-based modes of transportation such as ridesharing for when a resident needs to go outside of the area.
Culdesac Tempe will link to other transportation modes
Bisnow reports that the Arizona neighborhood will be connected to other modes of transportation including the metro Phoenix light rail system and buses, plus bicycles and scooters will be available for shorter trips.
“The communities we are living in were optimized for the peak car era,” Ryan Johnson, CEO of Culdesac, said in a statement. “Culdesac is building spaces for the post-car era.”
The Tempe community is the first U.S. neighborhood purposely built to exclude private automobiles, according to Culdesac. The idea of car-free zones in existing urban areas is not new and multiple already exist in Europe, where some city centers are car-free all or some of the time, reports Bisnow.
Culdesac’s approach plans to allow for more room for walkways, retail, courtyards, and other open space to encourage residents to walk and socialize.
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