Those ready to ditch their cars might want to think about moving to Arizona. San Francisco-based developer Culdesac has a plan for building residential communities that don’t include any accommodations for cars.
The plan calls for a residential neighborhood with 1,000 residents but not a single car. Even if you’re planning an driving an environmentally friendly electric vehicle, if you plan to live in Culdesac Tempe, then it’s not welcome.
This isn’t simply about getting rid of cars because of the potential environmental concerns. It’s a lifestyle choice for those who simply don’t want or need a car in their life.
The typical development includes plans for with lots of space for cars. That includes not only lots of parking spaces, but the roads required to get to those parking spaces.
By eliminating cars, those paved expanses can be used for green spaces where people can relax as well as courtyards and shops that provide easy accessibility for residents. There’s no need to drive to the grocery store when there’s one right outside your front door.
The lack of cars doesn’t mean Culdesac expects its residents to stay on site and never leave. It knows there still needs to be a variety of mobility solutions to make the space livable.
Residents can take advantage of public transportation options like bikes and scooters. Ride-sharing will also be available as it’s not all cars, but private cars that Culdesac is aiming to eliminate. There will also be grocery delivery services and an on-site light rail stop to get people to work.
While the first Culdesac development is slated for Tempe, Arizona, the group plans to expand and include locations across the country as the way we get around changes. While cars aren’t disappearing any time soon, services like Uber and Lyft, the introduction of electric scooters and bikes, and the promise of self-driving cars will change the future of mobility and the way we choose to live.
Culdesac Tempe is slated to open in the fall of 2020.