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Maine to create car-free town with “really narrow streets”

Maine to create car-free town with “really narrow streets”

The Shambles of York. (Photo by Bev Sykes.) Residents of the yet-to-be-built town of Piscataquis Village , Maine, will keep cars from overrunning their town by making their streets too narrow to shove any but the cutest vehicles down them, reports Market Urbanism . A group of Maine residents wants to start a Kickstarter-style funding project for the village, where interested parties will pledge to buy some portion of the necessary 125 acres of land. If the group reaches critical mass, construction of the town’s tiny streets will get underway. Rules for building in the village will be strict. The development would use covenants to limit building to require attached buildings, arcade sidewalks, and a building height limited to four stories based on the Really Narrow Streets model of dense low- to mid-rise buildings.

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