If you want to live in this new Arizona neighborhood, you can’t own a car



They say the car is king in the United States. Most places can’t live without it. Even in the most densely populated, possibly car-free cities, local ordinances often include requirements for a certain number of parking spaces per person for new builds. This is often the case. But the new neighborhood in Tempe, Arizona, is an anomaly that favors people over cars. If you want to live there, you must agree not to have your own car.

Culdesac Tempe, a 1,000-person development project due to open in fall 2020, bills itself as “the world’s first real estate developer after cars.” Founders Rian Johnson and Jeff Behrens say they want to enable people to live without cars. The Culdesac Tempe Mixed-Use District is a $140 million project capitalized by traditional real estate investors and includes dog parks, restaurants, markets, grocery stores, gyms, and lighting in downtown Tempe. Access to rail links. Airport and Arizona State University.

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But don’t worry. They understand that cars are still important. Residents are prohibited from owning or parking cars on site under a lease agreement, but ambulances, service vehicles (such as for delivering sofas), and car sharing vehicles are prohibited in the Culdesac Tempe area. Around there are special places for landing. There are also several carpools (partners yet to be named) that residents can use as transportation if they want to go beyond the nearby light rail.
Culdesac Tempe does not completely eliminate parking. “It’s a mixed-use area with lots of restaurants and a lot of car parking because most of [nearby] Phoenix will be car-based for the foreseeable future. We have a small car park for restaurant patrons and car parking for friends and residents’ guests,” Berens said. “But the feeling of community is more like living in a park where there are no paved roads.

On-street and garage parking options take up a significant portion of real estate in cities across the country. Currently, 40% of Seattle’s land is used for parking, and there are only 12 streets in New York City’s Central Park. “In normal urban planning, you actually have to use a lot of land for parking, but you don’t have to design it for cars, so you can have parks, bike lanes, sidewalks, retail stores and whatever people want. for things… they are on the doorstep,” Behrens says.

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They are not the only ones who dream of a life without cars. Traffic is deteriorating and pollution is threatening both our personal health and the health of the planet. Automobiles have proven to be a constant threat to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. With the mental and physical health benefits of public green spaces and long-distance travel, a growing number of communities are wondering why we’ve become so devoted to our cars in the first place. The German district of Freiburg has remained car-free, as have areas such as Oslo, Barcelona and Copenhagen. The entire city of Paris banned the movement of cars for one day. All of this is a source of inspiration (and learning material) for Culdesac, which wants to help more local governments build car-free (or car-free) roads.

“The history of cities and urban development is the history of creating something new in one place and replicating it in other places to make it even better,” Behrens says. “We hope that what we’re doing in Tempe will set a precedent for a different kind of development, [and] many cities will take some of what we’re doing in Tempe elsewhere. They’ve reached out to us already.”


Culdesac calls it “the first auto-free region in America,” and Behrens, of course, says, “Every region before the invention of the automobile was built as a car. Free neighborhood cars.

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