PHOTO CAPTION: Paris' Champs Elysees with eight lanes of traffic.

Creating Livable, Freeway-free Cities of the Future

World cities (especially those of Asia, Africa and Latin America) will grow a stunning 72 percent by 2050, from today's 3.6 billion to 6.3 billion people, more than the total world population in 2002.

Published: 20-Aug-2012

BELLAGIO, Italy -- Imagine cities built for literally billions of people without a single freeway. No "flyovers." No elevated roads or canyon-like depressed super-roads.

Advanced by American architect-planner Peter Calthorpe and former Bogota, Colombia, Mayor Enrique Penalosa, the idea caught the imagination of an international forum of city experts and advisers meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation's conference center here in early August.

And why?


Gartner's Bettina Tratz-Ryan

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MYLE urban electric 'chair'.

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Curitiba, Brazil Bus Rapid Transit stop provides shelter and quick passenger movement.

Visionary architect and the father of Curitiba's much-emulated Bus Rapid Transit system sees cars in cities as someday being viewed the same way we look at cigarette smokers.


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