This is a wonderful question! The key would be to design cities around pedestrians as opposed to cars. Estimates range from 5-50% of landmass in big cities is covered in roads. This is a heated topic and it’s difficult to get a realistic percentage. Architect Paolo Soleri has been working on an answer to your question for most of his life. He worked with the famed Frank Lloyd Wright for several years. His answer is Arcosanti. This is a city designed around pedestrians, and is his answer for urban sprawl. Unfortunately it is difficult to raise funds for such an endeavor and so the city is only partially constructed.
There are however, real life examples of pedestrian-based cities, such as Venice, and Copenhagen. These are some of the most beautiful cities in the world and are considered hubs of culture. These two cities demonstrate that things would be closer together, but you wouldn’t have to give up anything to have that closeness. Check out the two links I have provided for more information about urban sprawl and pedestrian-based cities. Thank You.
It doesnt necessarily have to be super close as long as there is a proper public transit system. Toronto, for example, is a very large city but due to the expansive transit, it is easy to get everywhere, including in and out of the city by buses and trains.
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