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7 car-free cities

Oct. 16, 2009, 11:22 p.m.
car-free beach town

Photo: Darren Curtis/flickr

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Independent of the auto

It's hard to believe that before the early 20th century, almost every city in the world was "car-free." Zoom ahead 100 years later, and you have to do some real digging to escape the army of cars now clogging the planet's highways. Sure, there are some cities with car-free zones, but we wanted to find destinations where entire populations were going about their business independent of the automobile. These are some of our top choices. If you visit, just remember to pack some good sneakers. (Text: Michael d'Estries)