Nearly Car-free Housing Development: A Radical Experiment

Hayward, which is an East Bay suburb of San Francisco, has laid the groundwork for a nearly car-free housing development for environmentally conscious living.

"Quarry Village is a proposed 1,000-unit neighborhood that would fill a former quarry near Cal State East Bay and 1 1/2 miles from the Hayward BART Station. It's the brainchild of Sherman Lewis, a professor emeritus in political science at Cal State East Bay who created a nonprofit organization to promote the idea with local officials, investors and developers.

The village pushes the envelope of the "smart growth" philosophy, which de-emphasizes the automobile by creating new development near public transit. In recent years, a handful of projects in Europe, the United States and elsewhere have discouraged auto use by narrowing streets, cutting parking and pushing transit alternatives. Projects also are reducing energy use and emissions from building materials, heating and cooling systems."

Full Story: 1,000 units, near car-free, planned in Hayward



Radical? Please . . .

How easily we forget that 99+% of human history has occurred without motor vehicles. I'm pretty sure that the majority of human beings in the world today do not own a car (although that's changing).

Our "need" for cars is often purely psychological. If you live in a dense mixed-use area with good walking, biking and transit infrastructure you can do a lot without your own car and it's amazing for the environment.

We want cars, but we don't need them.

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