Life in the German Suburb of Vauban, Car Optional
The NY Times points us to the German suburb of Vauban, a thoughtfully designed community where an astonishing 70% of its 5,500 residents live without owning cars. Completed in 2006, the one square mile neighborhood is comprised of multi-family row houses designed to be more energy-efficient with local businesses interspersed throughout in an attempt to seamlessly integrate the residential and commercial districts. Automobiles are allowed along the town’s main thoroughfare that connects to the train station as well as on certain secondary streets, but those that want to own vehicles are required to purchase garage spaces located at the edge of the development for the sum of $40,000.
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