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Viewpoint: Issue 495 30 May 2008

Ministers could realise their ambition for car-free lifestyles in eco-towns - but only if the current shortlist of sites is abandoned

By Steve Mella

Eco-towns "will follow the most ambitious European models, where only half of households rely on a car", according to housing minister Caroline Flint. Although the word 'rely' is ambiguous, writing in The Guardian Flint related this statement to Vauban, the car-free neighbourhood on the edge of Freiburg where most households do not own a car.

Car-free areas and car-free living are central to the transport guidance for the eco-towns, for very good reasons. Although the relationship...

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