New Car-Free Community in Arizona

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A new community is being built in Arizona which is said to be the first no-driving community built from the ground up in the country. As bloomberg report when the community, called Caldesack Tempe, opens next year, residents “will be contractually forbidden to park vehicles within a quarter-mile radius of the site.”

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How will people move? The industry buzz that everyone loves so much: mobility services. A bundle of them will be included in the monthly rent.

The $170 million residential development will feature a plaza with scooter docks, car-share parking and a ride-hail pickup zone, with a light rail station across the street. When the first units open in July 2022, residents are set to receive a Lyft Pink subscription, preferred pricing for a fleet of Bird scooters, a messenger car share membership, and free unlimited passes on the Valley Metro transit system.

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You can read quite a bit between the lines and see that this is a Millennial targeted hipster community. Lavanya Sundar, general manager of Kaldesek Tempe, says the residents who are coming here don’t drive, don’t have cars, and aren’t interested in driving.

We are seeing that most of the commuters are not planning to have their own car. They don’t have a car right now or are planning to sell it, partly because we’ll have such mobility options onsite.

While the community may sound like a dream for those who want a more walkable, car-free community, it is not without a doubt. Some praise it for being “a model for the retrofitting of suburban sprawl for the post-car era”. Others worry that with no access to cars, many people won’t be able to get to the Phoenix area when they need it. Others worry about its mobility options a drop In passengers on transit offerings due to the pandemic.

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It’s not stopping people from taking an interest in the community, Although. If you want to enter, hurry up. Studios start at $1,090 while one-bedrooms go for $1,250. Per Bloomberg:

…people want what Kuldessack is selling. Sundar said 260 units are expected to open between the summer of 2022 and the spring of 2023, with 33 leases signed and about 300 people putting $100 down to remain on the waiting list. The recent expansion within Tempe by employers such as Peloton, DoorDash, and ZipRecuiter is driving some demand, as well as the rise of the pandemic in remote work.

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