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Military Base Turned Car-lite Community

August 3, 2010

French-style fortresses translate into German eco-towns.

Where once were military barracks are now bike paths, solar panels, and 5,000 Germans leading car-lite lives.

Echt? (For real?)

Yep, it’s the community of Vauban just south of Freiburg, Germany. The place was a French military base, until 1992 when the French moved out and a group of clever Germans moved in. City officials had plans to level the buildings, but the group banded together to purchase the property.

The clever Germans knew a good thing when they saw it.

Instead of large thoroughfares and byways as exist in much of the Western world, Vauban had narrow streets and passageways that made it easy to walk and bike where you needed to go. The clever Germans settled in car-free-friendly Vauban, developed a consensus-driven car-lite culture, and threw in some playgrounds for the kids. Just a decade and a half later, the World War II relic is a little cooperative Himmel, which has essentially filtered out daily car use.

Alas, clever Germans continue to pave the way for the rest of us to live more logically.

Let the Vaubanians' colorful fashion attest to their car-free happiness.

Wenn du Deutsch verstehst, kannst du mehr von Vauban hier lesen.

If your German is rusty, check out this informative article about Vauban in Carbusters.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. pawl permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:41 pm

    That’s pretty awesome.

  2. avaerewyck permalink
    August 6, 2010 9:23 am

    Danke, Pawl!

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