Episode 18: One Less Car-centric City

One less car-centric block temporarily installed in NYC on Broadway (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

How can we reimagine our streets and turn them into dignified, safe, and healthy places for people? Oslo is on its way to transforming its downtown into a completely car-free district, in an ambitious plan to make the city even healthier through walking, cycling, and public transportation. But even in Oslo they can encounter the usual problems when it comes to business owners and parking concerns.

This week we highlight the recent Guardian Cities article on Oslo’s new strategy and discuss how to apply this kind of planning to cities in the United States. From the sprawling suburbs to the new “Streetopia” vision for New York, we have a long way to go.

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Articles referenced in this episode:

The Guardian: Oslo’s car ban sounded simple enough. Then the backlash bagan.

Streetfilms: Oslo: The Journey to Car-free

Garment District Urban Garden on Broadway

Streetsblog NYC: Envisioning NYC’s Next Streets Revolution (Streetopia)

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