I saw an article in The New York Times about this unique suburb in Germany that prohibits cars on its streets. There is a tram that runs through the community's main thoroughfare and there are two garages for resident's personal cars and the local car share program. Otherwise, everyone walks or rides a bike. It sounds like these folks are in the vanguard of environmentalists, but the newspaper says that many them moved there for a much different reason.
"Many people move to Vauban not for environmental reasons, but because they feel that a car-free environment is far better for children. Indeed, children are everywhere! With no cars on the streets, many residents call Vauban a children's paradise, where youngsters wander from a young age in safety. Even some residents who say they miss the convenience of a car at their doorstep have concluded that it is worth the tradeoff."Well--whatever their reasons--good for them. Apparently, a real estate development company is planning a similar community in Hayward, CA. I wish them good luck in finding enough residents for that project.