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Clare Melhuish reviews Gehl's thinking on the quality of life in the city

Jan Gehl's lecture for the Urban Design Alliance provided an appropriate prelude to London's 'NoCar Day', showing how the city of Copenhagen has, since 1962, been successfully pushing back the car, so that by now 'the city is totally dominated by people having a good time'. The planners' policy of removing two per cent of parking each year was based on the premise that 'if you do it slowly, noone will notice'. Today there is 'seven times more space for people than in the early '60s'.

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