New Arizona development bans residents from bringing cars

In a new development in Tempe, Ariz., shown here in a rendering, residents will get around by scooter, light rail and ride-sharing instead of in their own cars. / Hugo Render / Opticos Design Inc./ The Wall Street Journal

By Laura Kusisto | The Wall Street Journal

A $140 million Arizona development is banning residents from bringing their own cars in favor of scooters, bikes and ride-sharing, testing demand for a new type of walkable neighborhood.

The 1,000-person rental community, which broke ground this month in Tempe, won’t allow residents to park cars on site or in the surrounding area as a term of their leases. The founders say it will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

The neighborhood’s scale will be modest, with mostly three-story buildings. In place of parking spaces, the development known as Culdesac Tempe will feature significantly more retail and open spaces than are typical for its size. It will include a market hall for food vendors, coffee shop, plazas, communal fire pits and a building that residents can rent to host events.

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