"Carfree Cities" Talk & Slide Show Wed 5/3 in Eco-Village

Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson lakinroe at silcom.com
Tue Apr 25 22:28:58 PDT 2000

Dear Friends,
Please distribute this flyer to those who would be interested.  Thanks.
Hope you can make it.
Lois Arkin


at 7:30 pm


Joel Crawford
author, Carfree Cities

Los Angeles Eco-Village
117 Bimini
Los Angeles 90004

in the lobby

Born and raised in the U.S., Joel lives in Amsterdam, and has been
working with transportation experts and advocates for healthy cities for

years to advance the concept of carless cities.  His book, Carfree
Cities is the result, being published next month.  You can visit his
website and view back issues of his on-line magazine at

Cars and trucks are a major cause of social, economic, environmental and

aesthetic problems in cities.  They hinder the informal social contact
that glues societies together.  They require vast amounts of scarce
urban land for streets and parking and are the most resource intensive
means of transportation ever devised.  Cars destroy the city’s beauty,
too.  Venice, the largest existing carfree city, is an oasis of peace
despite being a very dense urban area.  Can we design new cities that
function well without any cars or trucks?  Would anyone want to live in
such cities?  Does it make social, economic, ecological and aesthetic
sense?  Is there an effective and economical way to provide transport
without using cars and trucks?  Can we retrofit parts of our existing
cities to go carless?  Come hear Joel and see his slides about what is
possible and practical when there are enough of us willing to learn and
advocate for it.

Donation Requested: $10 (sliding scale ok)

Please RSVP to: Lois Arkin, 213/738-1254 or <crsp at igc.org>

"Carfree Cities offers up a vision of a sustainable city that provides
an                exceptional quality of life for its citizens. No
science-fiction odyssey, this
carefully illustrated book sketches out a number of ways to move toward
car-free cities, using proven technologies. A must read for not only for
the academics and students, but for anyone who cares about people and

                                                         Eric Britton is
the founder of
                                          EcoPlan International and The
Commons (Paris) 

Space is limited!

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