Vauban, a development in southwestern Germany occupying land that used to belong to a military base, experiments with car-free living. Vauban provides citizens with free tramway passes and hikes up the price of parking to some $23,000 per parking spot per year, and voila! Vauban residents do a lot of cycling and own only 150 cars per 1,000 residents, versus 430 per 1,000 in adjoining Freiburg, or 640 per 1,000 in the United States. Moreover, this isn't a case of hifalutin social engineering but "as much a grass-roots initiative as it is pursued by the city council," as one researcher puts it.
We could do a whole lot worse, and have. Speaking of "we," if you live in Philadelphia, a city in which I of course have no personal interest and have chosen entirely at random, you might want to check out PhillyCarShare, which permits renting of automobiles by the hour, as is also done in some parts of Old Europe and that putative bastion of the "radical homosexual agenda," San Francisco.
As I've said before, I wonder how long it is before some idiot like Glenn Beck blows a gasket at all these people in the world deciding that having all your own stuff ain't where it's at, that maybe sharing and being part of a community are good things and maybe corporations shouldn't tell us what kinds of communities we ought to have anymore. Of course, Tha Bush Mobb, or whatever Careerists of Evil succeed them, could always designate us "terrorists."