The Case for Car-Free Communities
Air pollution, obesity, traffic fatalities, poverty, accessibility, and overall human happiness might seem to be entirely separate issues, but there is one thing that sits at the root of them all: the car. Our world has become consumed, and in turn congested, with single-passenger vehicles that affect each of these issues. Some issues (traffic fatalities) might seem more obvious than others (human happiness), but in the end, all deserve equal attention when considering how straightforward the solution could be: creating car-free communities. By exploring the many reasons for and benefits generated by going car-free, providing examples of communities that have been successful in making this change already, and analyzing a small town, Perry, Iowa, with great potential to go car-free as a case study, this analysis aims to reveal how challenges can be overcome to achieve success in creating human-centered, healthy, equitable, and livable communities.