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Culdesac to build car-free neighbourhood in Arizona

Culdesac says it is building spaces for “the post-car era”. The development in Tempe, Arizona is the first but more are in the pipeline.

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Culdesac, which describes itself as “the world’s first post-car real estate developer”, plans to build what it claims is the US’ first car-free neighbourhood from scratch in Tempe, Arizona.

 

Residents at the $140 million, 1,000-person development won’t have private cars or parking but the neighbourhood will accommodate parking for visitors, emergency vehicles, ridesharing and deliveries.

 

While many cities in the US and elsewhere are implementing car-free zones in their centres, the Tempe project marks the nation’s first and only agreement between a city and a developer to build a neighbourhood-scale community with zero residential parking, according to Culdesac.

 

The post-car era

 

“The communities we are living in were optimised for the peak car era,” said Ryan Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Culdesac. “Culdesac is building spaces for the post-car era. Starting next year, residents of Culdesac Tempe will be able to live life from their doorsteps, rather than seeing it through their windshields.”

 

The Tempe site was chosen due to the city’s strong job market, growing population and the fact it had land available directly on a light rail station.

 

The Tempe site was chosen due to the city’s strong job market, growing population and the fact it had land available directly on a light rail station. Additionally, Culdesac said local leadership has a reputation for being innovative, forward-thinking and action-oriented.

 

“We have found the Culdesac team to be true partners with our city council and its neighbourhood communities, and we look forward to bringing the country’s first car-free community to life in our city,” said Tempe Mayor, Mark Mitchell.

 

Green space

 

The developers say that Culdesac Tempe is able to offer three times the average amount of green space, as well as communal areas.

 

The development will include a grocery store, coffee shop, coworking space, market hall and other retail, in addition to rental apartments.

 

There will also be a shuttle bus, dedicated rideshare pick-up zones, scooters with respective parking, carshares for off-site transport, and more

 

The Culdesac team is working closely with architect Dan Parolek, who popularised the term ’Missing Middle Housing’, a concept for diverse housing options to create sustainable and walkable places.

 

Next sites

 

Culdesac is evaluating locations for additional projects, including in cities such as Dallas, Denver and Raleigh-Durham.

 

“Because the power of transportation innovation is larger at scale, we’re considering 50-100-acre sites for our next project,” said Jeff Berens, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Culdesac. “People are ready to leave their cars behind for the walkable and vibrant lifestyle that comes from living in a car-free neighbourhood.”

 

The Culdesac team is working closely with architect Dan Parolek, who popularised the term

’Missing Middle Housing’.

The company also announced it has raised $10 million in venture capital funding to invest into its corporate operations led by Khosla Ventures, as well as Initialized Capital, Zigg Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Y Combinator.

 

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