As another busy summer weekend arrives, people in the East Bay decide to come into San Francisco for some shopping, those who live in the city head off for Marin or Sonoma, and tourists try to negotiate the clogged streets in the center city. All this seems natural to those of us who live there, but perhaps there are ways to cut back on the endless movement from one area to another around this crowded city. SPUR has published a paper on the possibility of designing a neighborhood where people could live, work, and enjoy themselves without needing much in the way of public or auto transportation. This is a daring idea, and one that few cities have pursued, but it’s worth taking a look at the proposal considering the possibility of changing our habits and seeing the city differently.
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