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A suburb without cars

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Check out this fascinating New York Times story about a suburb in Germany that gets along without cars. Kids can play in the streets without worrying about getting run over. A similar experiment is being considered in California. It's hard to imagine car-crazy America trying something like this. But German, after all, is the home of the VW and the autobahn -- they're car-crazy too.

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Compare this development to the supposedly family attractive subdivisions out in the real estate disaster zone. In Vauban, a child has free range over a whole neighborhood. Out in Arizona, he can barely go to his front walk without risking being run over by a half-blind geezer in a land yacht. Sign me up!

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