VAUBAN, Germany - Residents of this upscale community are suburban pioneers,
going where few soccer moms or commuting executives have ever gone before:
they have given up their cars. Cars are forbidden on most of Vauban's
streets, and houses cannot have driveways or garages. Street parking,
driveways and home garages are generally forbidden in this experimental new
district on the outskirts of Freiburg, near the French and Swiss borders.
Vauban's streets are completely "car-free" - except the main thoroughfare,
where the tram to downtown Freiburg runs, and a few streets on one edge of
the community. Car ownership is allowed, but there are only two places to
park - large garages at the edge of the development, where a car-owner buys
a space, for $40,000, along with a home.
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