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Will Boston be first car-free city in US?

Highly walkable now

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The major US city that has the clearest route to going car-free is Boston, according to a story in New York Magazine:

Boston’s already the third most walkable city in America, and a new report from George Washington University makes the argument that it’s only going to become more so. Before 2000, about 27 percent of new development was in walkable places; now 46 percent is. And 40 percent of the city’s population already lives in extremely walkable areas. Plus, Boston has an unusually high percentage of households already living without cars — 37 percent, which puts it behind only New York and D.C.

Walkable doesn’t immediately translate into “car-free.” Driving in Boston might be a terrible experience, but the city’s public transit system can’t be relied on, either (as this winter amply demonstrated). But, recently, Anthony Townsend, the senior research scientist at NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy, imagined how Boston could transform into “a place where mobility has changed profoundly.” MORE

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