Mr. Money Mustache Has No Formal Plans to Build Dense, ‘car-lite’ City Between Boulder, Longmont
A Forbes report last week publicized an idea by Longmont’s popular early retirement blogger Mr. Money Mustache, whose real name is Pete Adeney, to build a densely populated, mostly car-less city between Boulder and Longmont.
But any such city won’t be arriving soon, or at all.
The story appeared with a Dutch architecture firm’s renderings of the city, which would be dubbed Cyclocroft and feature transportation infrastructure accessible to mainly cyclists and pedestrians in its center; cars would be relegated to driving and parking around the city’s edge.
But such a development is still far from being submitted to any planning department among Boulder County’s local governments, and therefore even further from becoming a reality.
Adeney this month boosted the profile of Cyclocroft when he posted on his Twitter profile a link to drawings of the hypothetical city done by B4place, the architecture and design firm in the Netherlands run by Americans Tara Ross and John Giusto.
“The architecture/design firm just created that idea for fun, and I thought it was beautiful so I shared it via Twitter. But we are not actually planning on putting anything into action for now,” Adeney said Monday in a text message to the Times-Call.
Adney — who left the computer science field at 30 and gained a following through blogging about living frugally to retire early — advocates reducing dependence on motor vehicles and for urban design that encourages walking and bicycling.
Ross and Giusto share his admiration for such municipal planning, as B4place has drawn hypothetical preliminary drafts of experimental developments envisioned for areas across the world.
They picture Cyclocroft as a one-square-mile area where 50,000 people could live just southwest of Longmont — the model was inspired partly by Amsterdam’s layout.
“The quietness of Cyclocroft’s small brick cycling and pedestrian streets, and short distances anywhere around town, illustrate why this historic town pattern is so widely beloved,” a B4place webpage states . “And while it’s maybe new to the Front Range, small-scale and compact urbanism is the norm in all of the world’s enduring places.”
Cyclocroft’s page on the B4place website has been updated since the Forbes story published with a frequently asked questions section that walks back the magazine’s description of the city as “car-free,” stating that “car-lite is actually a more accurate term.”
Underground garages could be incorporated into the prospective development for residents who wish to keep a vehicle close to home.
“For visitors who come to Cyclocroft by car, they’ll happily pay to park in the underground garages in exchange for the pleasure of being able to explore such a calming and lovely place where street sounds are made up of the laughter of children and the music of buskers, instead of car horns, engine noise and tire hum,” the B4place website states .
Sam Lounsberry: 303-473-1322, firstname.lastname@example.org and twitter.com/samlounz .