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Car-free neighbourhood built from scratch in Tempe, Arizona


Phoenix, like many 20th century American cities, is built on the assumption of 1 person = 1 car. The problem with this equation is that cars are exceptionally needy. Each car needs 4 parking spaces along with plenty of roadway to move between them. As a result, >50% of the surface area of car-centric US cities is covered in pavement. In the desert, this means hot sweltering pavement … the “fry an egg on the sidewalk” type of pavement.

The conventional wisdom is that this is just the way it has to be: That once a city becomes car-centric, it has forever locked in its density.

Phoenix is built for cars → Therefore all people have cars → Therefore Phoenix needs to be built for cars.

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