Urban development during the latter half of the twentieth century was highly automobile-centric because it was assumed that, since the jet-pack thing never gelled, cars would be king into the foreseeable future. But attitudes may be changing. Some believe cities would be better served by going in another direction. For example, Hamburg has announced plans to become 40 percent car free by 2034. They plan to link free spaces using converted roads and form a massive network of car-free pedestrian walkways.
Traffic in cities causes noise, congestion, dirty air, visual blight, and worst of all, physical peril to shoppers, gawkers, and walkers. But it’s what we’re used to and change can be mighty unpopular.
Would you support a push in Boston to imitate Hamburg in a move to minimize auto traffic? Click play to see how your neighbors feel about the possibility.