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A New Neighborhood is Being Built in Utah That Looks Like a European 'One-Car Town'

•, By Andy Corbley

This sounds like something in The Netherlands rather than in Utah, where a new "one-car community" is being built in an experimental suburb.

Called The Point, it's located on 600 acres of federal land in Draper that once housed a prison, and will be purpose-built for businesses, families, and individuals to be able to access every quarter with a 15-minute walk or bike ride.

Utah is famous for having 60% of its land under various forms of state and federal protection, due to its majestic and one-of-a-kind desert and scrub landscapes. As the population grows, planners and developers are wondering how to grant access to one of the most beautiful states without impacting nature too overtly.

In order to figure this out, town hall-type meetings revealed that local opinions favored a more walking-friendly, planned community.

"We heard loud and clear from them that the principles of having more convenient, less car-focused development, and a little more compact and amenity-rich community, would be appealing," Alan Matheson, executive director of The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority, told Fast Company.

About 7,400 houses together, built by global engineering and development firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will sit in acreage connected by veins of greenery to every chief area in the city.

Occasional streets which allow cars will also have bike lanes and wide sidewalks. Buses will operate around the perimeter, maybe automatically, to ferry people into the main areas, as well as to downtown Salt Lake City.