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".

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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Wonderful City, Fascinating Approach

Having had the pleasure of visiting Perugia about 10 years ago during its October chocolate festival (which, unfortunately turned me into a chocoholic), I can attest that the streets were a nightmare. It must have taken an hour to get close enough to the festival to walk the rest of the way.

While it's unlikely any U.S. could be so innovative, what Perugia did was incredibly clever and cost-effective. The actual article is well worth reading -- just watch out for that chocolate festival, it's very addictive.

Daniel Lauber, AICP
Planner/Attorney
AICP President 2003-2005, 1992-1994
APA President 1985-1986
http://www.planningcommunications.com

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