Moving Past Traffic in Perugia, Italy

The small town of Perugia, Italy has left its traffic worries behind by implementing various driving restrictions and transportation solutions like escalators and a "minimetro".
February 3, 2011, 9am PST | Nate Berg
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Traffic jams and parking hassles are now a thing of the past in this small town.

"As cities around the world grapple with issues of traffic and congestion that degrade the quality of urban life, it is worth taking a look at how Perugia turned its story around.

Although it is hardly the only European city to put strict limits on motor traffic (Venice to the north boasts it is the world's largest car-free city), Perugia shows how even a small city can reap benefits from investment in pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. All it took was a succession of progressive-minded city officials, urban planners, and resident-dreamers who saw how Perugia's geographic and historical preservation challenges could be used to its advantage."

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Published on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 in National Geographic
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