Imagine Cities Without Cars

Thursday, September 29, 2016

An important component of containing urban sprawl is re-imagining and reclaiming existing space in cities. Here is an interesting collection of photos and GIFs that showcase just how much space our car-centric lives take up in our urban centers. By visualizing the space people occupy when travelling in cars, on bikes, or using public transport, we can easily see how much more efficient and streamlined traffic could become. The accompanying article states: “It’s kind of crazy that urban dwellers give up as much space as they do to cars. Having a car in a city takes up a lot more of this rare, expensive space than you might realize.” This raises is an interesting question: since we value urban living space and green space so highly, why don’t we view other urban areas, like the space lost to roadways and parking lots, in the same way?